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The 20-year-old woman was with her two-month-old baby when the driver of a First service into Bristol city centre told her he did not know what she was capable of doing if he could not see her face.

The woman said she barely managed to ask the driver for a ticket before he began a rant against her for wearing a niqab - a veil that leaves the area around the eyes clear.

The woman said: “He said I was scary and I was dangerous, and he kept talking about it during the journey. I didn’t say anything.

“He continued to insult me, and he made me out to be a terrorist, and kept saying everyone should see each other’s faces. He asked why I was wearing a balaclava. He was insinuating I was going to bomb the bus.”

The woman said the incident had made her feel “horrible and disappointed”.

She said: “I get that he might not be from the country, so maybe he has never seen a person with a face veil, but for him to treat me like that in a public place is wrong.

“It’s 2018, we shouldn’t be like that. I’m being stereotyped.”

Mobile phone footage taken after the woman left the bus showed other passengers confronting the driver over the incident.

The driver can be heard asking a female passenger why she is filming him.

She told him: “I’m recording you so we can report you later on.”

Another woman said: “I don’t understand why you care. It’s her choice what she wears.”

The driver replied: “I care because this world is dangerous. If you don’t see somebody’s face, that’s not good. I can see your face, you can see my face. We should see our faces.”

A First West of England spokesman said: “We have fully and unreservedly apologised to the customer for the distress caused when one of our drivers expressed his personal opinions, and behaved in an offensive fashion that in no way reflects our deeply held values as an inclusive company which welcomes all people, irrespective of background, race, nationality or religion, as customers and employees.

“We have reminded staff of our expectations and behaviours that are demanded of them. The driver has been censured through the company’s disciplinary procedures for this incident, which is a matter the company takes very seriously.

“We are also helping the police with their inquiries and we are arranging a meeting with the customer to apologise in person and discuss matters in more detail.”

Details of the July 1 confrontations emerged as controversy grows over ex-foreign secretary Boris Johnson's suggestion that women wearing face-veils “look like letter boxes”.

Mr Johnson is facing an investigation by an independent panel following complaints that his comments on the burka breached the Conservative Party's code of conduct.

Prime Minister Theresa May, Tory chairman Brandon Lewis and Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson have all urged Mr Johnson to apologise in the Burka row.

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