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Arson attack leaves bus damaged in Bilston

By Thomas Parkes | Bilston | Crime | Published:

An arson attack on a bus in the Black Country is being investigated by police.

The scene of the arson attack. Credit: @TriageWMP

The number 79 bus was set alight, in Oxford Street, Bilston, on Monday evening.

The blaze was 'started deliberately' according to West Midlands Fire Service.

It started on the rear seat on the upper deck of the double-decker bus at 11pm.

Two fire engines were sent, from Bilston and Willenhall fire stations, to tackle the blaze.

A spokesperson for West Midlands Fire Service said two firefighters wore breathing apparatus to get close enough to put the blaze out.

"It's believed to have been started deliberately," they said.

Crews were at the scene for around 30 minutes.

A spokesperson for West Midlands Police said: "Police are investigating an arson attack on a bus in Oxford Street, Bilston, at around 11pm on Monday.

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"The fire inside the double-decker caused damage to the back seat and rear windows but there were no injuries."

A National Express West Midlands spokesman said: "A National Express West Midlands double decker on the 79 route suffered fire and smoke damage to the upper floor on Monday evening at around 11pm.

"West Midlands Police and Fire Service came to the scene and National Express West Midlands will be providing them with all the information they need to complete their investigations.

"We'd like to apologise to our customers for any disruption to their journeys, especially as it was so late in the evening."

Anyone with information can contact West Midlands Police via Live Chat at west-midlands.police.uk between 8am to midnight, call 101 anytime or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 quoting crime reference number 20WV/231330M/18.

Thomas Parkes

By Thomas Parkes
Trainee Reporter - @TParkes_Star

Trainee reporter at the Express & Star, based in Wolverhampton. Got a story? Get in touch at thomas.parkes@expressandstar.co.uk.

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