A GROUP of schoolchildren were lucky to escape serious injury after a stone was hurled at their bus, shattering one of the windows.
The coach was taking New Forest teenagers to Highcliffe School, Dorset, when it was attacked in what is being described as an "idiotic" act.
Police say the stone smashed into the side of the Marchwood Motorways vehicle, breaking an outer pane of glass. Some of the pupils are thought to have been sitting only a few inches away from the window.
Luckily the stone failed to shatter the inner pane of glass and none of the children was hurt.
One of the school governors, county councillor Alan Rice, said: "It was a completely idiotic and thoughtless act that could have endangered someone's sight.
"I'm extremely concerned to hear about it and will be talking to the head teacher to obtain more information."
PC Sean Lloyd-Hickey said: "The incident resulted in damage to a moving vehicle carrying schoolchildren and could have caused injury to a child."
The coach was travelling along Ashley Road, New Milton, last Friday, when it was damaged. Police are anxious to trace four schoolboys who were walking beside the vehicle at the time.