Evening bus services suspended in West Lothian village after attacks by vandals

By Debbie Hall

A spate of attacks on buses in a West Lothian village led to evening services being suspended over two nights.

First West Lothian says it was forced to withdraw the X25 in Blackridge as a result of a spate of attacks on buses - and it's prepared to do so again if attacks continue.

David Phillips, operation director with First West Lothian said moves to suspend the services on October 3 and 6 were a "last resort" to protect staff and passengers.

He continued: "The withdrawal of any service is an absolute last resort for us, and while we understand that this action will inconvenience service users in Blackridge, the safety of our staff and customers must always be our number one priority.

"All buses in our fleet are fitted with multiple CCTV cameras which we utilise to assist the police in identifying those responsible in such attacks.

" I would also urge any members of the community who have observed any attacks on our vehicles to contact Police Scotland on 101."

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