1. ITV Report

Translink bus hijacked at knifepoint

The driver and eight passengers were forced off the bus at knifepoint.

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)

“After the incident, services were suspended in the Ballybeen area whilst the incident was investigated, however normal services were resumed later in the evening.

“We totally condemn any threat to our staff or customers and are assisting the PSNI with their investigations into the incident”.

– Translink spokesperson

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