26 February 2004 Edition

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Catholic driver attacked

A Catholic bus driver has been threatened that he will be shot by the Orange Volunteers if he ever returns to Milltown in Dunmurry, near Lisburn, after being beaten by loyalists who boarded the bus he was driving on Tuesday afternoon 10 February.

The man suffered head injuries and bruising to his body in the sectarian attack, which began when he collected two men at a bus stop at the Milltown Estate.

The two loyalists, in their late 20s or early 30s, began beating the Catholic driver as passengers tried to get off.

The loyalists warned the driver he would be shot by the Orange Volunteers if he ever returned to the loyalist estate. The injured man had to receive treatment at hospital later for his injuries.

One of the man's Translink colleagues said drivers were deeply annoyed by what happened and may refuse to stop at the estate. The man added that a similar attack happened to another driver in Lisburn and he had to leave work because he would not drive in Lisburn.

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