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11-year-old boy arrested after bus windscreen smashed
9:40am Thursday 21st March 2013 in News
AN 11-year-old boy has been arrested after a bus window was smashed as it drove through Southampton.
The boy was arrested following a report by a driver that an object was thrown at a Bluestar bus. The driver pulled over and alerted police. No-one was hurt.
It is one of a string of such incidents involving Bluestar and First buses since Saturday, with vehicles being pelted by bricks and stones.
Police officers visited the area yesterday and arrested the 11-year-old.
He was bailed to report to police today to be interviewed in relation to the incident.
Bluestar operations manager Paul Coin took the decision to withdraw his firm’s buses for the safety of staff and passengers.
He said: “We know that by withdrawing a service we’re disadvantaging loyal customers, which is something we don’t want to do, but we have to put the safety of our drivers and customers first.
“We are monitoring it on a daily basis. We may take a view that we might have to withdraw for a lengthier period next time but the last thing we want to do is make Millbrook a no go area.”
Anyone with information should contact the Shirley Safer Neighbourhoods team on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.