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Homophobic bus driver brought to book by gay motorist

Natalie Relph July 11, 2007
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Former Grenadier Guardsmen Lee Wardle caused traffic mayhem in south London last month after being subject to a bus driver’s homophobic abuse.

“Is it because you are a dirty, f***ing batty boy,” the irate driver of the No 200 bus screamed at him during a road rage incident.

Mr Wardle called the police after blocking in the bus driver with his car when the driver refused to repeat his homophobic comments on June 26th.

Mr. Wardle, from Clapham, said that he did not think the driver knew he was gay, calling it a “lucky guess.”

The police were called, the traffic gridlock got moving and the driver was given a public order caution.

“The police were fantastic, I’m happy with the result,” Mr Wardle, a nurse, told the South London Press.

London General Buses have apologised to Mr Wardle and disciplined the driver.

“All drivers trained by London General undergo a thorough and intensive training programme, which includes a strong emphasis on safety and customer care.

“They are expected to operate their vehicles in a polite, friendly and professional manner, consistent with maximum safety of, and with due concern for, passengers and all road users,” London General Buses told the paper.

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