£10,000 bill af­ter yobs tar­get buses

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Mur­ray Spooner

Yobs caused more than £10,000 worth of dam­age to busses trav­el­ling through Castlemilk by pelt­ing them with stones and rub­bish.

The First Bus ve­hi­cles were tar­geted while driv­ing along Ar­den­craig Road and Bir­gi­dale Road.

On sev­eral oc­ca­sions win­dows were smashed and driv­ers were forced to stop the ser­vice to wait for help.

Po­lice have now stepped up pa­trols in the area in a bid to catch the cul­prits.

The in­ci­dents be­gan last month and the bus firm has made nu­mer­ous calls to po­lice.

Over the week­end of Septem­ber 16 and 17 four in­ci­dents were re­ported.

Bus chiefs say more than £10,000 worth of dam­age has been caused in re­pairs and lost rev­enue due to prob­lems.

Dun­can Cameron, op­er­a­tions di­rec­tor at First Glas­gow, said: “We’d like to re­as­sure cus­tomers that we have not had any acts of van­dal­ism to­wards our Castlemilk ve­hi­cles since the in­ci­dents that took place last month.

“We be­lieve that the po­lice have iden­ti­fied some sus­pects fol­low­ing CCTV ev­i­dence that was pro­vided from our ve­hi­cles and we have been work­ing with the lo­cal com­mu­nity to help re­duce anti-so­cial be­hav­iour in the area.”

Ser­vices which run through the roads af­fected in­clude numbers 5, 34A, 75 and 34, which pro­vide a vi­tal trans­port link for res­i­dents in Castlemilk.

No­body was in­jured by the mis­siles but driv­ers have had to can­cel their routes to get emer­gency re­pair work done to win­dows.

A po­lice spokes­woman said: “Pa­trols have been in­creased to try and catch those re­spon­si­ble, with ex­tra of­fi­cers be­ing de­ployed.”

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