'Pistol' pulled on passengers

IT was a frightening trip for travellers on the bus from Byron Bay to Ballina last night with reports that two men, possibly armed with a gun, terrorised the group.

About 6.15pm on Wednesday at least four police cars intercepted the Premier Motor Service bus at the Tamar St bus interchange in Ballina.

Police boarded and escorted two men off the bus. They were separated and searched, and one was handcuffed.

Another officer then exited the bus, holding what appeared to be a black pistol.

It is understood one of the bus passengers secretly called police to alert them to a situation of two men threatening passengers with a gun and demanding money and items.

Richmond Local Area Command duty officer, Inspector Nicole Bruce, said between 20 and 30 people were on the bus.

"We received a report of two persons possibly armed with a firearm," she said.

"They were allegedly hassling the passengers, asking for money and items. Upon searching the bus, police found one gun.

"It looks to be a replica pistol, but it will need to be analysed and fingerprinted."

Two men have been detained by police and are assisting police with enquiries.

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