‘Stop the madness’

A Greysteel councillor has made an urgent appeal for the “madness to stop” after six people were injured when youths hurled stones at a bus as it passed through the village, Sheena Jackson reports.

Understood to be travelling from Limavady to Derry, the bus came under attack around 6.30pm on Saturday. Translink is offering a £1,000 reward for information about the attack which may lead to an arrest.

Two windows on the bus - the back window and a side window - were smashed and six passengers suffered injuries.

Five of the injured were treated at the scene by the Northern Ireland Ambulance Service for cuts and bruises. The sixth person was taken to hospital with non life threatening injuries.

Sinn Fein councillor in Greysteel, John Felix McElhinney blasted those he believes were behind the attack - causing thousands of pounds worth of damage - as “disgraceful”.

“I apologised to the passengers on behalf of the people of Greysteel for this attack. There was an elderly man and an elderly woman on the bus sitting shaking, and I mean shaking. There was a tear in my eye,” he said yesterday.

“I totally condemn this. It’s a disgrace and a disgrace to Greysteel. As far as I understand it was children who did this. I was told it was a brick they threw, but I don’t know how true that is. This is not the first time this happened and I would appeal for parents to make it stop.

Colr. McElhinney said drivers passing through the village should be allowed to do so without fear.

“The madness must stop.”

Police want anyone with information to call them in Limavady on 0845 600 8000 or call Crimestoppers charity on 0800 555 111.