APPEAL: Did you witness an attempted robbery in Stoke-on-Trent?

The incident happened at around 12.05am this morning (Wednesday 4 November) in Parkhall Road, Weston Coyney, when a bus driver was making his way back to the bus depot (the bus was empty).

As he drove along the road he was forced to stop due to a male standing in the road shining a laser at him, causing him to be temporarily blinded. A second male then opened the doors and boarded the bus. He produced a knife and demanded cash from the driver.

The quick-thinking driver accelerated then braked sharply causing the male to fall off the bus.

The two males ran off empty-handed towards Weston Coyney. Both were dressed in black clothing and the male armed with the knife wore a scarf covering his face and a black bobble hat.

If you have any information please contact DC Cath MacKenzie at Staffordshire Police on 101, quoting incident number 2 of November 4. Alternatively, you can contact the independent crime-fighting charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or through their Anonymous Online Form at No personal details are taken, information cannot be traced or recorded and you will not go to court.