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Last Updated: Monday, 4 August, 2003, 05:29 GMT 06:29 UK
Police act over bus attacks
Lothian Buses
Lothian Buses is one of the companies backing the move
Police in Edinburgh have appointed a transport liaison officer to help combat the growing number of attacks on bus drivers and passengers.

The move involves Lothian and Borders Police and two of the capital's bus companies, First Edinburgh and Lothian Buses.

During the past four months there have been more than 100 incidents of violence on buses in Edinburgh.

The vast majority of these have involved damage to vehicles.

First Edinburgh and Lothian Buses say vandalism alone is costing them almost 1m a year.

In some cases there is also a human cost with drivers and passengers being robbed, assaulted or subjected to threatening behaviour.

Martin White, a police constable for 15 years, has been given the liaison officer's job.

Safety comes first

The 38-year-old said: "I applied for the post because I felt it had the potential to make a difference and reduce people's fear of crime in their everyday lives."

Tom Wood, the deputy chief constable of Lothian and Borders Police, said that crime on public transport continued to be "an area of concern".

He added that the move would help to address where problems lay and the best way to target effective solutions.

Both Lothian Buses and First Scotland East welcomed the appointment, saying the safety of passengers and drivers was of paramount importance.

Attacks on buses are not confined to Scotland capital. At the beginning of July, a bus driver was shot in the head with a pellet when he stopped his vehicle in Erskine, near Paisley.

The 32-year-old driver was treated in hospital and later discharged.


SEE ALSO:
Bus driver shot with airgun
02 Jul 03  |  Scotland
Bus driver hit by pellet
12 Mar 03  |  Scotland
Buses target for vandals
05 Mar 03  |  Scotland
Bobbies on the buses
02 Jul 02  |  England


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