Terror: From left, Simon, Nicola and Izzy Morley whose Bermuda holiday was marred by violence on a bus journey. *Photo supplied
Terror: From left, Simon, Nicola and Izzy Morley whose Bermuda holiday was marred by violence on a bus journey. *Photo supplied

WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 5: A female English tourist has told how she shielded her young daughter after a mob attacked a lone male passenger on a crowded bus.

Nicola Morley, who was visiting the island with husband Simon and seven-year-old daughter Izzy, watched in horror as the 18-year-old man was punched in the head repeatedly.

Ms Morley said: “My husband and a man in front of him tried to stop the attack, while I had to shield my daughter’s eyes from the scene.”

She added the family, from Essex, England, had been regular visitors to the island for 15 years.

Ms Morley said: “If Bermuda really has succumbed and accepted this sort of behaviour from its youth, which is clearly down to bad parenting and a lack of respect and pride, then clearly the authorities should be ahead of the situation and install CCTV on all transport and around the island.”

She said such technology had allowed police to bring offenders to book after riots on the streets of London last year.

Ms Morley said the family had been returning to their base in Southampton after a meal out in Hamilton when the incident happened at 9:15pm on a number seven bus from Hamilton to Dockyard earlier this month.

No complaint

She said the victim of the attack — who was not seriously injured and later declined to make a complaint to police — was sitting directly in front of her “quietly listening to his music” when a ten-strong group of thugs boarded the bus around Sea Cliffs.

After one of the group attacked the young man, the group got off the bus close to the Bermuda Regiment’s Warwick Camp.

Ms Morley appealed: “Bermuda, please wake up and please do something about this atrocious behaviour for everybody’s sake…we are utterly astonished by what we and our seven-year-old witnessed.”

A Government spokeswoman said that and upward trend in anti-social behaviour on the buses had been noted.

She added that, while only two buses in the Bermuda fleet were currently fitted with CCTV cameras, there were plans to equip all vehicles with surveillance cameras.

The spokeswoman said there was “zero tolerance” for anti-social behaviour on public transport and that recent legislation introduced penalties for offensive behaviour on the buses.