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BUS ATTACK THUGS NAILED IN COP STING.

Byline: STEPHEN RAFFERTY

TEENAGE yobs who launched danger attacks on bus drivers and passengers have been caught by undercover cops.

Seventy people were charged with a variety of offences after plain-clothes officers staked out troublespots for six weeks.

Twenty-three youngsters were charged with throwing stones at buses and a further 47 people were charged with offences including housebreaking, possessing weapons and drugs and breach of the peace.

The crackdown came after a sharp increase in bus attacks by thugs throwing stones, bricks and bottles.

A spokesman for Lothian buses said: "The idiots that carry out these attacks don't realise that they can kill people."

In an attack in February driver Jerry McGarry, 37, suffered a fractured skull when thugs threw a half-brick at his bus in Wester Hailes.

Only weeks later Donna Garriock, 14, of Kingsknowe, Edinburgh, had her jaw broken as she travelled home from school in the same area.

Edinburgh and Lothian Buses recorded 610 incidents last year, up 110 on the previous year. Inspector Jim Walker, of Lothian and Borders Police, said: "In Wester Hailes, Broomhouse and Sighthill, we identified that buses were being stoned on a regular basis.

"A team of six plain-clothes officers identified the troublespots."

Wester Hailes councillor Brian Fallon, said: "I am very pleased at the proactive way in which the police have gone about this."
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Date:Apr 6, 2001
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