Bravery of Bluestar driver praised after he fights off knifepoint robber

Daily Echo: Bus driver stabbed as he fights off attacker Bus driver stabbed as he fights off attacker

BOSSES have praised the bravery of a Hampshire bus driver who was stabbed as he foiled a late-night robbery.

The 48-year-old victim was wounded in front of a lone passenger after a masked man boarded the vehicle and brandished a small-bladed weapon.

The driver refused to part with any cash and suffered an injury to his hand after confronting the would-be robber.

Now the employee’s courage has been saluted by senior staff at the Bluestar bus company.

Operations manager Paul Coyne, below, said he was relieved that the driver was not seriously hurt and that no passengers were injured in the incident, which took place outside Hythe Hospital on Friday at 11.40pm.

Daily Echo:

He added: “Our driver, who has sustained a minor stab wound to the hand, went beyond the call of duty.

“His actions prevented any theft from occurring and he has the full support and gratitude of the company.”

The Blackfield to Southampton bus was travelling along Beaulieu Road, Hythe, when it pulled into a bus stop where three men were waiting.

One of the men had his face covered and demanded money after storming on to the vehicle.

Daily Echo:

A police spokesman said: “The driver confronted the man, who left empty-handed and was followed by the other two men, who were wearing dark coloured hooded tops. They were last seen walking towards Hythe.”

Anyone with any information about the incident should call Det Con Jo Matt-hews at Lyndhurst police station on 101 or call Crime-stoppers on 0800 555 111.

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7:16am Mon 17 Feb 14

ryan_gazzan@hotmail.com says...

No CCTV on the bus then ???
No CCTV on the bus then ??? ryan_gazzan@hotmail.com

7:29am Mon 17 Feb 14

Huey says...

Ahhhh what a place
Ahhhh what a place Huey

8:52am Mon 17 Feb 14

SotonLad says...

ryan_gazzan@hotmail.
com
wrote:
No CCTV on the bus then ???
Probably, why?
[quote][p][bold]ryan_gazzan@hotmail. com[/bold] wrote: No CCTV on the bus then ???[/p][/quote]Probably, why? SotonLad

11:10am Mon 17 Feb 14

ToastyTea says...

SotonLad wrote:
ryan_gazzan@hotmail. com wrote: No CCTV on the bus then ???
Probably, why?
probably not, it never seems to be working when these incidents happen.
[quote][p][bold]SotonLad[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]ryan_gazzan@hotmail. com[/bold] wrote: No CCTV on the bus then ???[/p][/quote]Probably, why?[/p][/quote]probably not, it never seems to be working when these incidents happen. ToastyTea

12:44pm Mon 17 Feb 14

gilbertratchet says...

ryan_gazzan@hotmail.
com
wrote:
No CCTV on the bus then ???
I'm sure CCTV will be excellent in helping identify the mask.
[quote][p][bold]ryan_gazzan@hotmail. com[/bold] wrote: No CCTV on the bus then ???[/p][/quote]I'm sure CCTV will be excellent in helping identify the mask. gilbertratchet

1:56pm Mon 17 Feb 14

Outside of the Box says...

I'd be ****** if I would tackle a geezer with a knife just for a few quid belongong to Bluestars money.
I'd be ****** if I would tackle a geezer with a knife just for a few quid belongong to Bluestars money. Outside of the Box

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