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Bus hijacked at gunpoint

POLICE are hunting for two men who held up a bus driver at gunpoint, tied him to the luggage rack, robbed him of £100 in takings and hijacked the vehicle.

The number 22 bus had just completed its journey from Aldershot to Kingston Road on the Old Dean estate in Camberley last Saturday evening and the duo were the last people on it.

One of the hijackers had a distinctive Freddie Ljungberg-style maroon mohican hairstyle, a police spokesman said.

He added that they were looking to trace the eight passengers who had been on the bus at around 9.30pm and who may have vital clues.

Stagecoach operations manager Graham Harmer said the bus driver, a 46-year-old Aldershot man, had been left "greatly traumatised" by the incident.

"He's a fairly new employee — I think he's only been with us for about a year."

Mr Harmer said the company had never encountered an incident where a gun was used to hold up a bus driver.

"We have the odd minor incident but I am pleased to say that for the number of journeys that we do there is very little trouble on our services."

The two men also stole the bus driver's mobile phone, Mr Harmer added.

The bus was dumped in Cove and the victim, after struggling free, raised the alarm at a nearby house.

Mr Harmer said the driver called the Aldershot depot and staff arranged to bring the bus back there.

It is believed he picked up the hijackers outside the Tradesmans Arms in Cove Road, Cove. Four other people were on the bus at the time, the police spokesman said.

He added: "The bus driver continued his journey to Camberley and when he got to the Collingwood College roundabout on Kingston Road everyone got off the bus — apart from these two suspects.

"At that point one of the suspects approached him and told him to get out of the driver's seat and to get into a passenger seat in the bus.

"The driver refused to do so and at this point the man took a pistol from his waistband and told the driver to do as he was told."

The second suspect then tied the driver to the luggage rack of the bus and he was again threatened with the gun.

Police say the first suspect — who was carrying the gun — is white, aged 30-35, 5ft 8in tall and stockily built.

He had two days' worth of stubble on his face and has short blond hair closely cropped around the ears. He wore a light brown polo shirt, light brown puffa-style jacket and dark blue jeans.

The second man is white, aged around 19 and 5ft 6in tall, with the same amount of stubble growth and the Ljungberg-style hair, maroon along the top of his head and dark brown above the ears. He wore a dark blue shirt and jeans and blue trainers.

Anyone with information should call Det Con Beverley Virgo of Camberley CID on 01276 27131.


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