Condemnation of bus attack

There has been widespread condemnation of an attack on a bus returning from a wedding in the early hours of Saturday morning.

The coach, which was travelling long Madams Bank Road shortly after 2am on Saturday was struck by an object smashing a window and causing minor injuries to several passengers from flying glass.

Speaking yesterday SDLP Foyle MP Mark Durkan said the local community was “shocked and disgusted” to learn of this “despicable attack”.

“It is hard to fathom the mentality of those people responsible for carrying out such a cowardly attack,” Mr Durkan said. “I appeal to anyone with information about this shameful attack to give it to the police immediately.

His sentiments were echoed by Sinn Fein Councillor Tony Hassan, who said: “This attack can only be described as mindless thuggery and those responsible should be ashamed of themselves. I hope those passengers injured in this attack make a speedy recovery.

“Most right thinking people will be baffled to find any motivation behind such attacks. It is frightening to think of the consequences if this bus full of passengers’ had of gone out of control on this busy road.”

He added: “People in the community must know who is behind this attack and others that have occurred along this stretch of road over the past year.”

Police are appealing to anyone who has information in relation to this incident to contact them at Strand Road on 0845 600 8000 or call the crimestoppers charity on 0800 555 111.