Laser aimed at bus driver and councillor

A bus driver and a councillor in Limavady had laser pen type devices shone at them on Tuesday night.

The report of anti-social behaviour took place in the Glenview Drive area on Tuesday night.

Shortly before 10:55pm, it was reported a number of youths used a laser-pen type device at motorists in the area. Translink said the driver averted his gaze and managed to avoid damage to his eyes. No passengers were on board the bus at the time.

Limavady DUP Alderman George Robinson said: “To have a motorist’s eyesight affected, never mind a bus driver’s, could have resulted in a very serious accident with the possibility of severe injury or death to passengers, pedestrians and fellow motorists,” he said. “Later on Tuesday evening, in the same area, my car had a green laser aimed at it, but thankfully the laser reflected off the body work. It did, however, still alter the clarity of vision so I can appreciate how extremely dangerous a laser aimed at drivers could be.

“The police are aware of both incidents and I have asked them to try and find the perpetrators as a matter of urgency. Anyone who can identify the culprits should report this to the police as it is critical the lasers are confiscated before someone is seriously injured as a result of a blinded driver.”

Anyone with information should call police in Limavady on 0845 600 8000 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.