Police safety warning after buses targeted

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Midlothian police officers have issused a safety warning to the public after a number of buses were struck with stones in the past month.

During October local officers in Mayfield and Dalkeith have received 14 reports of buses being targeted during evening routes in both areas, particularly in Musselburgh Road, Dalkeith Road and Lauder Road.

Fortunately no one has been injured as a result of any of these incidents but police are warning of the dangers associated with such reckless behaviour.

Inspector Michelle Ritchie said: “Those responsible for these mindless acts are showing no consideration for the safety of the bus drivers, passengers or other motorists and we are working alongside our partner agencies and the local community to identify those responsible.

“In addition, School Link Officers are visiting schools in the area to warn against behaviour such as this and urging young people to come forward if they have information relating to anyone involved.

“These incidents have all been reported at times outside of school hours and parents are also urged to ensure they know where their children are if out with friends and to help us reinforce the message that throwing stones at moving busses can have serious consequences.”