Officers vow to stop wave of violence as they hunt bus vandals

Police promise crackdown on bus attacks

Chrissie Bainbridge from First inspects one of the damaged buses

Superintendent James Fulton

First published in News

POLICE chiefs in Southampton have vowed to stamp out a wave of attacks on buses that have swept through the city.

It comes as First Hampshire warned yesterday that it could withdraw services in parts of Southampton if vandals keep on targeting its vehicles.

In the past fortnight there have been four attacks on First Hampshire buses in Southampton which have seen windows shattered as the buses were ambushed by stone throwing yobs.

Now police say they are doing all they can to stamp out the attacks and find those responsible.

Police are mapping out where the incidents are happening, scouring through CCTV that was taken on the buses, and talking to the communities in the neighbourhoods where the attacks took place to identify the culprits.

They say that they could introduce more Acceptable Behavioural Contracts to any offenders and could bring in other measures such as making anyone responsible for the attacks pay for the damage caused – which is more than £300 for each broken glass pane.

In the last attack two buses had their windows smashed as they were driving near St Monica Road in Sholing on Monday at 9.45pm.

Previous attacks saw children as young as seven ambush bus services in Redbridge Hill, while an old man was showered with glass when a bus was attacked in Shirley last week.

Leading the investigation into the attacks is Superintendent James Fulton, he said: “We believe the events in Sholing are copy-cat and not the same people involved as in Millbrook.

Supt Fulton said that the police are looking at the long-term impact of the attacks – should they continue.

He said “The risk is that the bus operators could stop putting buses into certain communities that need the use of public transport.

“It has been very fortunate that no one has been injured but there is a real risk that someone could be hurt.”

He appealed for people who have seen anyone attack a bus or act suspiciously near buses to call the police on 101.

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12:51pm Sat 1 Mar 14

KSO16R says...

Yawn.
Yawn. KSO16R
  • Score: -9

12:54pm Sat 1 Mar 14

mickey01 says...

they must be copycat as they wouldnt want to get a bus from millbrook to sholing in fear of flying glass
they must be copycat as they wouldnt want to get a bus from millbrook to sholing in fear of flying glass mickey01
  • Score: 4

1:31pm Sat 1 Mar 14

cliffwalker says...

ASBOs have been viewed as badges of honour by many of those receiving them. Is it going to be the same with ABCs?
ASBOs have been viewed as badges of honour by many of those receiving them. Is it going to be the same with ABCs? cliffwalker
  • Score: 10

3:05am Sun 2 Mar 14

Mary80 says...

I don't care if a kid is 7 or 17 they should get punished as kids that young know EXACTLY what they are doing. Age should never prevent the law from punishing them
I don't care if a kid is 7 or 17 they should get punished as kids that young know EXACTLY what they are doing. Age should never prevent the law from punishing them Mary80
  • Score: 4

10:52am Sun 2 Mar 14

bobbyboy says...

Why dont the bus company use an employee who for one reason or another who cannot do his proper job sit on a bus with a video camera in the hope of catching and identifing the culprits then in stead of the ASBO sue the parent for the costs of window replacements as they have failed to keep proper control of thier children. I know the polioce cannot prosecute but the Bus Company can sue for compensation plus any injured passenger. I know i was a roudy kid once apon a time and accidently smashed a church window playing cricket cost my mother 10/- 50p in todays money but a large lump back then out of the weekly pay packet.
i got the preverble crack around the ear by Her and the Police officer.
Why dont the bus company use an employee who for one reason or another who cannot do his proper job sit on a bus with a video camera in the hope of catching and identifing the culprits then in stead of the ASBO sue the parent for the costs of window replacements as they have failed to keep proper control of thier children. I know the polioce cannot prosecute but the Bus Company can sue for compensation plus any injured passenger. I know i was a roudy kid once apon a time and accidently smashed a church window playing cricket cost my mother 10/- 50p in todays money but a large lump back then out of the weekly pay packet. i got the preverble crack around the ear by Her and the Police officer. bobbyboy
  • Score: 1

8:24am Sat 29 Mar 14

Datarater says...

The buses need someone riding shotgun. That'll sort the kids out.
The buses need someone riding shotgun. That'll sort the kids out. Datarater
  • Score: 0

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