A Hull dad says gangs of children are hurling rocks at buses in Bransholme and putting lives at risk on the estate.
Samuel Coulson, 24, says that he was travelling on the number 10 Stagecoach bus near the North Point Shopping Centre with his girlfriend and seven-month-old daughter when the vehicle was pelted with rocks by a group of kids.
The attack left the family feeling shaken as they initially thought a car had hit the bus and it reduced one passenger to hysterical tears and left others on the bus in shock.
The gang was made up of around 10 children who are roughly 10-years-old according to Mr Coulson, who said that he has witnessed them attacking the buses on multiple occasions, with one episode involving a rock hitting an elderly woman inside the bus.
“Better protection is needed for customers on the buses as people are getting seriously hurt and the kids responsible for it aren’t being caught,” said Mr Coulson.
“Rocks were hurled at the bus I was on with me and my family when we were travelling at around 30mph and we thought that we had been smashed in to by a car because the rock was that forceful.
“The incident left us feeling really shaken up and I was really concerned for the safety of my girlfriend and young bairn, and the woman that was sat near the window that shattered broke down in tears and was hysterical.
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“All the passengers seemed quite shaken. We are now getting on at another stop because of what the thugs are doing and I’m really angry at Stagecoach for not sorting the problem, despite me reporting it to them and it happening multiple times.
“They should do something more like install plastic covering on the windows for example that would mean they wouldn’t shatter if they were hit by rocks.”
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What Stagecoach say
According to Stagecoach, travelling by bus remains one of the safest forms of road transport and they encourage anyone to report antisocial behaviour on the bus to the police.
A spokesman from the bus company said: “Unfortunately, there are occasional incidents of antisocial and irresponsible behaviour by a minority of people in some areas of Hull; this sometimes includes vandalism to buses.
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“The two major bus operators work closely with Humberside Police and
to try to identify the individuals engaging in these irresponsible acts, which threaten the safety of all road users including our customers and staff. We report incidents of vandalism and antisocial behaviour affecting our bus services to the police.
“Our buses are fitted with CCTV cameras that continuously record high quality images inside and outside the vehicles, which can be used in evidence to prosecute vandals.
“We encourage residents to support the local community by reporting any acts of antisocial behaviour directly to Humberside Police.”
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What the police say
Humberside Police want to find those responsible for the anti-social behaviour on the buses.
Sergeant Julie Fenton said: “Previous experience suggests that it’s mainly youths who are involved in this kind of behaviour.
“Throwing things at buses is no laughing matter and it’s not harmless fun. It could easily cause a crash and someone to be seriously injured or killed.
“I want to appeal to parents to ensure they know where their children are and what they are doing.
“This kind of behaviour is not acceptable and we take it very seriously.
“If we suspect that anyone is involved, then you can expect a knock on the door.
“We want to find those responsible and stop this behaviour before someone is seriously hurt.”
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