Bus driver injured in South Shields laser pen attack

WARNING ... a laser pen like the one used to attack the bus driver.
WARNING ... a laser pen like the one used to attack the bus driver.

A LASER-pen attack on a bus driver which left him needing hospital treatment is being investigated by police.

It happened at 9.30pm on Friday, when a bus was travelling along Horsley Hill Road, South Shields, and the driver had a laser pen shone in his eyes, causing him to be temporarily dazzled.

Inspector Dave Hudson of South Shields Police said: “The driver has told us that as he approached Horsley Hill Square, he saw a group of youths standing near to the kerb.

“He saw that the tallest of the youths, aged between 12 and 14 and wearing a Newcastle United top, was holding a pen which was emitting a green laser light.

“The youth shone the laser into his eyes, which he described as like looking at a very bright lightbulb.

“He quickly managed to cover his eyes before pulled up close by. He saw that the youths walked towards the chemist, then up Centenary Avenue.

“The driver’s vision is now improving after hospital treatment, however, this was a potentially dangerous situation and could have caused a crash.

“If we catch people misusing laser pens in this way we will take serious action.

“We are making inquiries to trace the group of youths involved in this incident, and I would urge anyone with information to get in touch.”

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact police on the 101 non-emergency number, or Crimestoppers in confidence on 0800 555 111.