Police hunt for school bus egg-thrower

Published Wednesday, 15 January 2014
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Police have launched an appeal after a youth was reported to have attacked a group of schoolgirls with eggs in north Belfast.

Police hunt for school bus egg-thrower
Police are investigating. (© UTV)

One individual was reported to officers as having been involved - he was described as being about 18-years-old, around 5ft 5ins tall and wearing a blue top. He also had his face covered with a scarf.

He was said to have boarded the bus and thrown eggs at the schoolgirls onboard.

The PSNI initially reported that the incident happened on the Ballysillan Road just before 4pm on Wednesday, but have since issued a correction regarding the location on the Oldpark Road.

According to local DUP councillor Gareth McKee, more than one person was involved in the incident.

He claims five or six youths were involved in the incident, which he says was sectarian in nature.

"This full double-decker school bus had just left the Girls Model School and was taking pupils home to the Greater Shankill area," Mr McKee said.

"Some got onto the bus through the rear fire exit and threw eggs at pupils on the bottom deck, causing pupils to rush screaming to the front of the bus - with pregnant girls among those caught up in the crush."

Mr McKee added that sectarian abuse was shouted at the girls.

"Some girls were repeatedly hit with eggs. First year pupils were particularly terrified by this horrendous ordeal. These cowardly bully-boys must be brought to justice," he said.

Police have appealed for anyone who may have witnessed the incident, or who has information, to contact them on 0845 600 8000.

© UTV News
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21 Comments
john in crumlin wrote (223 days ago):
come on it was kids acting up i don't think it was pure hatred or the want to injure people it was a few eggs not bricks thankfully
loyalist at heart in belfast wrote (224 days ago):
aolife bet you werent happy with it because there one thing for sure if it was my kids id go mad so aolife if you were in there shoes you would feel the same
Michael in Belfast wrote (224 days ago):
Some gd egg puns, and yes we all used to get our buses bricked back in the day. But masked youths shouting sectarian abuse at a bus full of girls isn't a joke. Have to agree with Loyalist at heart and Ulysses32 on this one.
Taxi Paul in Belfast wrote (224 days ago):
Will eggs now be banned or will we have to get a special license to purchase them? Eggs are dangerous Its for your safety, they must be banned The police are at risk from eggs every day Why can't you show me you eggs, have you something to hide? Will the chief constable be telling us next week how his officers have disrupted egg throwing incidents?
Lucy in Belfast wrote (224 days ago):
Leave the girls of the Model alone, it may have only been eggs but a masked thug breaking through the fire exit of a bus to attack innocent girls would be a terrifying ordeal in my opinion....as were they to know he only had eggs? No excuse for it at all.
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