Police called as bus driver faces pupil pass protest

Brian Wall with daughter Phoebe,11, who had her bus pass confiscated by the driver who said it was a fake and leaving her to face a five-mile walk  home
Brian Wall with daughter Phoebe,11, who had her bus pass confiscated by the driver who said it was a fake and leaving her to face a five-mile walk home

Police were called after a bus driver came under a hail of abuse from pupils for confiscating an 11-year-old Sheffield girl’s free pass.

The First driver reported ‘an escalating situation’ outside King Ecgbert School in Dore.

Problems began when the driver took Phoebe Wall’s zero fare pass away from her, claiming it was in ‘poor condition’.

She was unable to board the 98 bus as she did not have enough money for the fare - and played no part in the pupils’ protest. She was forced to wait at the stop until her elder sister Faye arrived with cash, arriving home in tears more than two hours late.

Her father, Brian, said Phoebe has a pass because the family live in Chippinghouse Road, Abbeydale, more than three miles away from school.

“She has been using the pass with no trouble since last September,” he said. “There was nothing wrong with the pass. Phoebe kept it in a plastic wallet she got from the council. But the driver took one look at it and claimed it was a forgery.”

He added: “After she was forced to get off the bus the other kids started to scream at the driver, they thought it wasn’t fair.”

First are investigating: “Our initial findings are that our driver withdrew this young person’s pass because it was in poor condition.

“Unfortunately our driver became the centre of abuse from a number of young people and he had to summon police to deal with the escalating situation.”