Police hunt man who threatened bus driver with a knife

The driver was operating the 800 First bus service when he was attacked

A BUS driver was assaulted and threatened with a knife in broad daylight.

The man was driving the 800 First Bus service alongMain Street, Blackridge in West Lothian between 3.10pm and 3.20pm on Saturday.

A male passenger approached the 35-year-old and began punching him before producing a knife and waving it around.

He and a female passenger got off the bus and walked towards Blackridge town centre.

No other passengers were on the bus during the assault but officers are urging anyone who may have been on the route prior to the incident and recognises the description of the man to come forward.


He is described as white, between 20 and 25-years-old, 5ft 4ins tall with a stocky build, short dark hair and a clean-shaven complexion. He was wearing a light grey zipper hooded top, light blue jeans and light trainers.

The woman he was with is described as white, with a thin build and black collar length hair. She was wearing a black puffer jacket and dark blue jeans.

A police spokesman said: “Fortunately the bus driver did not suffer any serious injuries and was not assaulted with the knife.

“Nevertheless, he was left shaken by the incident and we are keen to hear from anyone who can assist with our enquiries.

“Anyone who had previously been on the bus and remembers seeing the man and woman and can help officers identify them is asked to contact police immediately.”

Anyone with any information can contact Lothian and Borders Police on 0131 311 3131, or the charity Crimestoppers in confidence and complete anonymity on 0800 555 111.