Police investigate reports of two incidents of criminal damage to Gliders

Police investigating reports of two incidents of criminal damage to Gliders in west Belfast yesterday, Monday 17 February, are appealing for witnesses and information.

One report was received, just before 7pm, of bricks being thrown at a bus in the Stewartstown Road area of Dunmurry. It’s reported a crowd of youths were in the area at the time. One window was broken as a result. Thankfully, although there were people on the bus, there were no reports of injuries.

Shortly after, at around 7.55pm, a nearby incident involving a number of passengers was reported. The group had initially refused to get off the Glider and, when they eventually did, one reacted by throwing a brick at the vehicle’s window. Thankfully the window didn’t shatter, otherwise a young female passenger could have sustained facial injuries.

Inspector Karen Hamill: “I am keen to hear from witnesses or anyone who can identify those involved in these incidents.

“I’m also appealing directly to those responsible. This behaviour is senseless, reckless and dangerous – and has to stop.

“The consequences are huge. It’s not just the follow-on disruption to members of the public and financial cost of repairs, you are risking the safety, even lives, of those on-board, from the driver to children and families. It’s only by sheer luck that no one was physically injured yesterday. Think of the potential consequences of your actions; and stop and consider the impact of getting a criminal record.

“Parents and guardians need to do all they can to prevent young people from becoming involved or caught up in these activities. Know where your children are, who they are with and what they are doing.

“The PSNI has today met with Translink, Unite, community and elected representatives. Police will maintain a visible presence in the area. And we are committed to working together to ensure the safety of members of the public and Translink staff.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact police on the non-emergency number 101, quoting reference number 1667 of 17/02/20.

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