Nesbitt condemns Newtownards bus hijacking

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Nesbitt condemns Newtownards bus hijacking

Strangford Ulster Unionist MLA Mike Nesbitt has condemned the hijacking of a bus in Newtownards this morning, supposedly as a protest against the NI Protocol.      

Mike Nesbitt MLA said;

“There is absolutely no justification for the hijacking and destruction of a bus in the Abbot Drive area of Newtownards around 06:30 this morning.

“This advances no cause other than to terrorise a bus driver and inconvenience local people who rely on bus services to get their children to school and get into town to go to the shops.    

“If this was meant to be some kind of protest against the NI Protocol then it is entirely counterproductive. Vandalism and wanton destruction can never be the way forward.

“My thoughts are with the bus driver who has clearly suffered a terrible and frightening ordeal, and I urge anyone who can help the police to catch the two men responsible to contact the police on 101, quoting reference 444 of 01/11/21.”