Police investigating the hijacking of a Translink bus in Dundonald have charged a 33-year-old man with a number of offences including hijacking, aggravated vehicle taking, possession of an offensive weapon with intent and driving whilst unfit.

Police say the driver of a Metro bus was threatened at knifepoint at a bus stop on Cairnsmore Avenue in the Ballybeen area shortly before 8pm on Saturday night.

The bus driver was told to drive for a distance before he and the eight passengers on-board were forced off the bus.

There were no reports of any injuries.

The bus was later involved in a collision a short distance away.

The hijacker fled the scene on foot.

A Translink spokesperson has condemned the attack.

“We can confirm a 4A Metro bus was hijacked and damaged in the Ballybeen area just before 8.00pm last night.(Saturday 19th January 2019)

Translink spokesperson

The suspect is expected to appear at Downpatrick Magistrates court on Monday morning.