Fleet di­verted over rock hurling

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A bus firm was forced to di­vert part of its fleet as trou­ble­some chil­dren threw rocks at ve­hi­cles dur­ing Hal­loween.

Nu Ven­ture boss Nor­man Kemp said the mind­less “muck­ing about” in Burial Ground Lane, Tovil, meant it was no longer safe for ser­vices to travel through that par­tic­u­lar area last Wed­nes­day night.

The bus com­pany has ex­pe­ri­enced sim­i­lar is­sues in Sn­od­land and Rin­gle­stone in the past and Mr Kemp has called for the craze to stop. He said: “There seems to be an epi­demic of it. We are a bit of an easy tar­get. If a win­dow breaks it could shower a passen- ger with glass.

“Dur­ing the Tovil in­ci­dent the driver was aware that there were kids at the side of the road muck­ing about.

“The driver heard rat­tling on the side of the bus and pulled ahead. There was no dam­age but we de­cided the bus be­hind would be di­verted in case chil­dren were ly­ing in wait.”

The buses were driven down Lower Road to avoid the yobs. The mat­ter was re­ported to the po­lice and Tovil Parish Coun­cil.

He added: “We have pre­vi­ously had eggs thrown at buses in Kings Hill. It is an oc­cu­pa­tional haz­ard at this time of year and it shouldn’t be. I don’t know whether or not it is a so­cial me­dia craze but it has got to stop. “

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