Edinburgh, Fife & East Scotland

Youth wearing balaclava fires air gun at Edinburgh bus

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A youth wearing a balaclava who fired an air gun at a bus in Edinburgh is being sought by police.

The incident happened at about 20:30 on Saturday on Hailesland Road when the number 21 bus was travelling towards Clovenstone.

The Lothian Buses driver saw a group of four youths standing near a bridge over the union canal. One youth was wearing a balaclava and holding a gun.

The driver then heard a noise like a pellet hitting the roof of the bus.

Police have urged witnesses to come forward.

Officers said they were particularly keen to speak to the youth wearing the black balaclava, aged about 14 to 16 years old, of slim build and about 5ft 7ins tall or to anyone who saw him.

They were also keen to speak to anyone who saw the group of youths, aged between 14 and 16, who were in the Hailesland Road area on Saturday at the time.

PC Graham Whitelaw, of Police Scotland, said: "Police Scotland takes air gun crime extremely seriously and we are keen to trace this individual.

"This was reckless behaviour that caused the bus driver fear and alarm when he was simply doing his job."

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