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Hero Blackpool bus driver helps man as thief escapes with takings

The thief helps himself to Kath's takings. Picture courtesy Blackpool Transport

 A heartless thief stole £40 from a Blackpool bus cash till while the driver went to the aid of a man having a seizure.

Bus driver Kath Smith from Blackpool Transport spotted a man lying face-down in water in Coral Place, Blackpool, during Storm Gareth on 12 March.

Kath told Radio Wave the man was lying in five inches of water and she tried her best to lift his head off the ground. She couldn't phone for help at first because her phone was inside her coat and she couldn't reach it whilst tending to the man. Two Police officers returning to the nearby Police Headquarters stopped to help.

Kath left the number three bus to help him, but as she did so an opportunist thief stole bus fares, Blackpool Transport said.

When she handed in the takings at the end of her shift it was £40 down.

Kath, who has been a bus driver for 18 years said: "You can see [the thief] putting his hand through the driver's screen and into the cab."

It was reported to police the following day. Kath said she was "embarrassed" for the thief.

Lancashire Police confirmed it was investigating. 

Blackpool Transport presented Kath with flowers for her quick-thinking actions and said it was "very proud" of her.

She said: "I did what anyone would do."

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