Bus firm vows to beat the vandals

A Velvet bus

A Velvet bus

First published in News Daily Echo: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter

A HAMPSHIRE bus company has vowed to keep serving a Southampton estate despite one of the buses being attacked by vandals.

A Velvet S1 bus travelling through Lordshill Way had a window shattered after vandals hurled an object through the window which is believed to be brick.

It was fortunate that nobody was on board the single decker which was in service at the time, when the attack happened at 4.10pm on April 28.

The latest attack comes three months after a spate of incidents in Southampton, which saw children as young as seven launch attacks on First buses.

Bosses at Velvet Bus based in Eastleigh were quick to tell customers through social network Twitter about the attack and the bus was taken in for repairs.

‘We are |committed to serving the area’ Velvet Bus Managing Director Phil Stockley, said: “It is a bus service which is useful for many people as it is used by a lot of elderly and less mobile passengers.

“We are committed to serving the area despite this incident which we are treating as an isolated case.”

“The driver was a little shaken up by the attack. It is just fortunate that nobody was on board at the time.”

It was the first time a Velvet Bus has been attacked for a year. The last attack happened in Chandler’s Ford in 2013, In February the S1 bus was reinstated after a campaign by hundreds of residents in Lordshill signed a petition.

Coxford councillor Don Thomas, said: “After local residents worked so hard to get the bus service reinstated it is sad to see this sort of violence against buses has raised its ugly head.”

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6:13am Thu 1 May 14

skeptik says...

Modern policing - 'targeted' I think the senior officers like to call it - intelligence led policing - report of crime comes in and is collated by the 'intelligence' people and we get a response - don't we? Perhaps keeping 43 constabularies with armies of chief ranking officers - (Hampshire has 5) whilst the lads and lasses at the front suffer shortages - sounds about right for the bloated establishment.
Modern policing - 'targeted' I think the senior officers like to call it - intelligence led policing - report of crime comes in and is collated by the 'intelligence' people and we get a response - don't we? Perhaps keeping 43 constabularies with armies of chief ranking officers - (Hampshire has 5) whilst the lads and lasses at the front suffer shortages - sounds about right for the bloated establishment. skeptik
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8:09am Thu 1 May 14

Hastagger says...

skeptik wrote:
Modern policing - 'targeted' I think the senior officers like to call it - intelligence led policing - report of crime comes in and is collated by the 'intelligence' people and we get a response - don't we? Perhaps keeping 43 constabularies with armies of chief ranking officers - (Hampshire has 5) whilst the lads and lasses at the front suffer shortages - sounds about right for the bloated establishment.
I agree - all you need is one copper on the bus, with a sniper rifle, take the little ****s out when they throw stones. #jobdone.
[quote][p][bold]skeptik[/bold] wrote: Modern policing - 'targeted' I think the senior officers like to call it - intelligence led policing - report of crime comes in and is collated by the 'intelligence' people and we get a response - don't we? Perhaps keeping 43 constabularies with armies of chief ranking officers - (Hampshire has 5) whilst the lads and lasses at the front suffer shortages - sounds about right for the bloated establishment.[/p][/quote]I agree - all you need is one copper on the bus, with a sniper rifle, take the little ****s out when they throw stones. #jobdone. Hastagger
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11:32am Thu 1 May 14

manic75 says...

Hope it involves a physical beating!
Hope it involves a physical beating! manic75
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12:24pm Thu 1 May 14

wwozzer says...

So they've managed to get out of their yard then....have they paid their mechanics bill at last?
So they've managed to get out of their yard then....have they paid their mechanics bill at last? wwozzer
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1:24pm Thu 1 May 14

Hastagger says...

manic75 wrote:
Hope it involves a physical beating!
Fo sho the rozzers know who these scum are. They have probably been dealing with crime involving them and their families for years. Products of the 1960's tower block generations and the 'have it now, no need to work' left wing culture. If there is to be any justice, we need to string these scum to the front of the bus and make them pull it naked along the streets. That will learn the little feckers. #foshizzle #shiznit
[quote][p][bold]manic75[/bold] wrote: Hope it involves a physical beating![/p][/quote]Fo sho the rozzers know who these scum are. They have probably been dealing with crime involving them and their families for years. Products of the 1960's tower block generations and the 'have it now, no need to work' left wing culture. If there is to be any justice, we need to string these scum to the front of the bus and make them pull it naked along the streets. That will learn the little feckers. #foshizzle #shiznit Hastagger
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