Sheffield bus firm avoids terminus after gun pointed at driver

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Buses are no longer stopping at a terminus in a Sheffield suburb at night after a driver was robbed and another was threatened with a gun.

First is no longer sending its number 47 and 48 services to Herdings bus terminus on Raeburn Road after 8.45pm following two incidents in two days.

In the first, on Sunday, a driver was assaulted and had his takings stolen and in the second, on Tuesday, another driver had at replica firearm pointed at him.

Bosses and police chiefs met on Wednesday to discuss the incidents and agreed that buses should temporarily avoid using the terminus after 8.45pm.

Buses will now use Hemsworth Road and Norton Avenue instead of Raeburn Road and Constable Road.

Peter Mair, Operations Manager for First in Sheffield, said: “Incidents such as this are rare but where they occur we will always prioritise the safety of our customers and our staff.

“In this case we’ve consulted with our transport partners and the police before taking the decision to introduce a diversion on these services whilst we work with the police to stop these incidents including review of CCTV.

“We want to put these services back on their normal route as quickly as possible so this causes the minimum inconvenience for our customers. We therefore encourage anyone with information to help stop these mindless acts of vandalism in their local communities and contact Crimestoppers.”

In the first incident the bus driver had left his cab to deal with an incident at the back of his bus when he was assaulted at the same time as somebody grabbed his cash box.

In the second incident another driver was sat in his cab when a group of youths approached him and produced a gun.

The driver recognised it was fake and the would-be robbers escaped empty-handed.

Brandon Jones, Head of External Relations for First, said: “It is important that people realise that the amount of cash that drivers carry is small - they regularly cash up throughout the day.

“Both drivers concerned were shaken but thankfully unharmed.

“These services serve the local community and we want to continue running them and would like to put the services back on quickly but we need the support of the community to help us stop this - we need to identify those responsible.”

He said the bus firm regularly has undercover police officers on-board buses where there are regular reports of incidents on particular services or communities.

Last month South Yorkshire Police condemned yobs for ‘putting lives at risk’ by hurling missiles at buses travelling along Staniforth Road, Darnall.