Knife wielders assailed

HUME police are concerned by the number of people carrying knives on public transport following the stabbing of a bus driver in Meadow Heights last week.

The driver was stabbed multiple times in the arm after refusing entry to two men because they didn’t pay for tickets.

The bus was travelling south on Pascoe Vale Road and stopped to collect passengers at a bus stop about 50 metres north of Dunkeld Street at about 9pm on June 30.

The two offenders fled the scene and haven’t been located by police.

The driver was taken to the Royal Melbourne Hospital where he underwent surgery for serious injuries to his arm.

Hume’s Inspector Paul Allinson said that while it was a shock to the community, such attacks rarely happened.

“I think it’s fair to say instances like that do shock the consciousness of any right-minded person, but I think we need to put events like that in perspective; they’re a rarity,” he said.

“We are concerned about the number of knives that some people think they need to carry in the community and certainly in relation to the transport system.

“It is a concern. The reasons people are carrying knives … it’s simply not justifiable to say it’s for self-defence and protection.”

Inspector Allinson said it was often youth who were found with weapons during random weapons searches at train stations.

“Given the fact that in many cases the people detected with weapons and involved in crimes are young people, there’s an obligation for parents to engage with their adolescent children and discuss the issue,” he said.

“The notion of carrying knives – there’s life-changing events these decisions can have for victims and offenders.”

Police are appealing for anyone with information about the stabbing to come forward.

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