A CITY councillor has warned that a bus company could be forced to pull its services from a Southampton estate after yet another attack on one of its vehicles.

Vandals smashed a window of a First Bus vehicle at it travelled through Millbrook on Thursday evening.

It is the second such incident in Millbrook in under a week.

Now a councillor is calling for an urgent meeting with police, warning that First Bus may be forced to suspended services if the vandalism continues.

Southampton city councillor Lee Whitbread, who represents Redbridge Ward, said: “It’s very concerning. It has an impact on the drivers and the members on public using the service.

“It is also concerning that in the end bus operators might stop serving the estate because there have been three or four incidents happen in the last few weeks.

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“What I want to see is more police on the estate to deter people from this sort of behaviour.”

Councillor Whitbread also said he was aiming to have a meeting with police in order to try and come up with a solution to the recent spate of vandalism.

Thursday’s incident took place on Wimpson Lane, which falls under councillor Whitbread’s Redbridge patch.

A City Red bus, operated by First Bus, had its window smashed. The incident happened around 7.30pm.

It comes just a week after a similar attack, last Friday, this time on nearby Windermere Avenue.

During the incident, a City Red 2 bus travelling through the Millbrook estate had two windows smashed while it was in service.

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A spokesperson for First Bus said: “When mindless acts of vandalism take place, we have to put the safety of our staff and passengers first.

“If this means we have to divert, curtail or cancel services at short notice, then that’s what we will do.

“We will continue to work with the local authorities and the police to help combat these issues, but we’d urge offenders to think about the impacts that their actions have on the public and on their own family and loved ones who are being denied an essential service.”

A police spokesperson said: “We are aware of a number of criminal damage incidents caused to buses in Southampton that have occurred this month.

"We have been working with the bus companies affected to try and reduce the issue, specifically providing support on our patrols to prevent incidents and identify offenders.

"This work will continue and incidents with supporting CCTV and other lines of enquiry that will help us identify those responsible, we will look into."

Anyone with information should call 101 and quote 44190391014.