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Driver suspended after 'refusing' to drive bus with LGBT Pride colours on it

The incident was bought to public attention by a commuter on Twitter Credit: ITV Anglia

A bus driver has been suspended following an allegation of homophobia after refusing to drive a bus with a multi-coloured Pride sign on it.

Norfolk bus operator Konectbus said they do not condone their driver's behaviour. An investigation is underway.

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The incident was brought to public attention by Twitter user @becca_sears. She tweeted:

"Today I was waiting for the 501 bus to Thickthorn and we were told by the driver we had to wait for him to swap buses as 'this bus promotes homosexuality and I refuse to drive it' due to the multicoloured “501” sign. @nparkandride Norwich doesn’t appreciate homophobia"

– @becca_sears

The incident comes just a couple of weeks after the 11th Norwich Pride festival.

The event's organisers have welcomed the bus company's action to suspend the driver, who they say may even have been breaching the equalities act.

Julia Bremner, trustee of Norwich Pride, said: "We are not going to stand for it. I survived the 1970s, I'm not going to put up with this kind of behaviour from anyone on a public service that is for everyone.

"If I was to meet the bus driver or get on his bus, I'd say I'm here, I'm queer, take me to Hellesdon and back - and then give him a cheeky wink."

Go East Anglia, which owns Konnectbus, released a statement on the matter:

"Go East Anglia prides itself on values that support diversity and inclusion and has been a champion of Norwich Pride since 2017.

We particularly want all customers of whatever background or sexual orientation to feel comfortable on our services.

As a company we do not condone any behaviour from our drivers that does not support this view.

The driver involved in this incident has been suspended and a full investigation is underway."

– Go East Anglia