DNios­rt­trhic At Nyre nwesws Pupils turn jour­neys into a ‘ night­mare’ One spat on pas­sen­ger’s hair as sweets were thrown

Ayrshire Post - - NEWS - Gary Fan­ning

Fed- up pas­sen­gers say they have been hit and spat on by rowdy pupils on a bus.

Last month the Post re­ported how res­i­dents hit out at some chil­dren from Prest­wick Academy who are be­hind an­ti­so­cial be­hav­iour on the No 2, a pub­lic bus ser­vice to North Ayr.

Res­i­dents say the pupils’ be­hav­iour is get­ting worse.

One woman told how she was spat on by a girl and said it is only a mat­ter of time be­fore some takes mat­ters into their own hand.

The is­sues were raised again at last Tues­day’s New­ton and Heath­field Com­mu­nity Coun­cil.

One com­mu­nity coun­cil­lor said: “It is hor­ren­dous. I was on the buses one day and some­one hit me on the back of the head.

” They were throw­ing things from the back of the bus.”

An­other com­mu­nity coun­cil­lor added: “A girl sat next to me and turned around and spat on my hair.

“They get the hard wrapped sweet­ies and they throw them down the bus and they end up on the floor. Some el­derly per­son is go­ing to slip. It is an ac­ci­dent wait­ing to hap­pen.”

Con­cerns were raised about over­crowd­ing on the buses and who would be li­able if there was an ac­ci­dent.

“What if an el­derly per­son slips on the sweets and gets maimed or hurt.”

Po­lice of­fi­cers who at­tended the meet­ing said it was dif­fi­cult to ob­tain CCTV footage from the buses to iden­tify the cul­prits.

Last month, the com­mu­nity coun­cil wrote to Stage­coach about their con­cerns.

R e s p o n d i n g , A l i s t a i r McCluskey, Op­er­a­tions Di­rec­tor of Stage­coach said: “The driver is on his own and lim­ited to what he can do but pas­sen­gers should not be sub­jected to be­hav­iour of this sort so we will step up the ran­dom checks that our in­spec­tors do on our ser­vices over the next cou­ple of weeks, specif­i­cally con­cen­trat­ing on ser­vice 2 and 6 at the end of the school day.

“How­ever can I also sug­gest that this is an is­sue of an­ti­so­cial be­hav­iour that you also write to the po­lice and school as all schools have a ded­i­cated cam­pus of­fi­cer who will also iden­tify and deal with the pupils con­cerned.”

Tory coun­cil­lor Ian Davis ( be­low), a for­mer Prest­wick Academy pupil, said that an­ti­so­cial took up the is­sue with school’s head teacher Gor­don Bone and Stage­coach.

“The cam­pus of­fi­cer for Prest­wick Academy will mon­i­tor at the bus stops and on the bus but Stage­coach gave the ad­vice that if there is an in­ci­dent to re­port it to them,” he added.

Dou­glas Hutchi­son, South Ayr­shire Coun­cil’s Di­rec­tor of Ed­u­ca­tional Ser­vices, said: “Fol­low­ing a com­plaint ear­lier this year we’ve ad­dressed all young peo­ple at as­sem­blies, where they were re­minded about the ex­pected stan­dards of be­hav­iour, both in­side and out­side of school hours.

“When we’re made aware of is­sues with spe­cific in­di­vid­u­als, com­plaints are dealt with im­me­di­ately, with par­ents in­volved at the ear­li­est op­por­tu­nity.”

A Stage­coach West Scot­land spokesman said they were con­cerned to hear about an­ti­so­cial be­hav­iour by some pas­sen­gers on their bus.

He added: “We have not been made aware of th­ese par­tic­u­lar in­ci­dents, how­ever we have re­ceived cor­re­spon­dence from the lo­cal com­mu­nity coun­cil rais­ing con­cern about the con­duct of some school pupils on a num­ber of our ser­vices in the Prest­wick area.

“In re­sponse to th­ese con­cerns our in­spec­tors have car­ried our ad­di­tional checks on th­ese routes and we have not wit­nessed such in­ci­dents dur­ing th­ese checks.

“We take all al­le­ga­tions of an­ti­so­cial be­hav­iour very se­ri­ously, as such we would ask that any con­cerned pas­sen­ger con­tacts us di­rectly with re­gard to any such in­ci­dent as soon as they are able in or­der to al­low us to check our on ve­hi­cle CCTV sys­tems.

“We will pass any ev­i­dence of anti so­cial be­hav­iour to the po­lice for them to in­ves­ti­gate fur­ther.”

On the buses Pas­sen­gers say they have been hit and spat on by pupils on the No 2 bus

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