The Daily Telegraph
Catapults banned after school bus has windows smashed
AN ORDER has been put in place to stop people using catapults and slingshots in two villages.
Wiltshire council has implemented a Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPOS) for Downton and Redlynch to address antisocial behaviour.
On-the-spot fines can now be issued by police for the next six weeks.
PSPOS are designed to deal with any nuisance or antisocial behaviour within a defined area.
Residents say the area has been blighted by louts using catapults with homes and vehicles targeted.
In December, a few days before Christmas, a bus carrying 44 schoolchildren was hit by projectiles fired from a catapult.
Wiltshire Police said at the time that the 44 from Salisbury to Woodfalls in Lode Hill, Downton, had three top-deck windows smashed.
The order, which came into force on Aug 31, states that anyone found with a slingshot or catapult or something that could be used as a missile launcher “without reasonable excuse” can be fined.
The council said it was trying to stop people using any item capable of launching a projectile which could cause damage.