Moorends bus service targeted by yobs

Firsts Deputy MD Brandon Jones with two on the brand new Volvo buses due to hit the streets of South Yorkshire shortly.

Firsts Deputy MD Brandon Jones with two on the brand new Volvo buses due to hit the streets of South Yorkshire shortly.

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Transport bosses have been forced to divert a popular bus route following a series of attacks by missile-throwing vandals.

Passengers using the 88 service from Thorne to Moorends have been subjected to incidents including vandals shattering bus windows by throwing missiles and youths in the street trying to turn off bus engines.

As a result of the incidents which have been happening since the start of October, bosses have announced the service will now not serve Wembley Road in Moorends and will operate direct via Marshland Road.

Police officers confirmed they are carrying out increased patrols in the area to prevent anti-social behaviour and offer reassurance.

A dispersal notice has already been put in place which gives officers the powers to remove young people from an area for up to 48 hours if they believe they will go on to cause nuisance behaviour.

Brandon Jones, Head of External Relations for First UK Bus, said the latest incident involved youths attempting to disable the bus, using the emergency engine switch-off, on Monday night.

He said: “The bus and customers were able to continue their journey safely. However, not only does this behaviour disrupt customers but it is a serious safety risk. Buses were diverted to avoid any more serious incidents.

“The incidents began in early October and have centred on Wembley Road and the Marshland Estate.

“Although much less frequent, we have sometimes been subject to missiles thrown at the bus, breaking glass, which has a cost of about £1,000 per time plus risk of serious injury.

“There is also an impact on service and it causes huge disruption to the community and places the route at risk of being permanently withdrawn.”

The incidents have been happening between 8pm and 10pm.

Anyone who has information about who may be responsible is asked to contact South Yorkshire Police on 101.