A bus operator has responded to vandals in a Southampton neighbourhood that smashed the windows of multiple vehicles, causing four of their buses to be taken out of service.

Bluestar was forced to seek police assistance after its number 18 vehicles were targeted by “several youths, who were armed with stones.”

The incident took place in Millbrook on Thursday evening between 5:30-6:30pm.

Bluestar General Manager, Richard Tyldsley called the behaviour "utterly disgraceful.”

He said: “Four of our buses, all of which were carrying keyworkers, were attacked yesterday - causing damage and delays to our services.

“I urge parents in the area to ask their children where they were last night, and what they were doing.

“These criminal acts have disrupted travel for those carrying out vital work on behalf of our community - and we are now looking to identify the perpetrators.”

A spokesperson for Hampshire Constabulary said: “We can confirm that we received reports of criminal damage to four Blue Star buses, and one First Bus vehicle, between 5pm and 8pm on Kendal Avenue, Milbrook [on Thursday evening.]”

Conservative councillor for Millbrook, Steven Galton called the incident "disgraceful".

He said: "Somebody must know who these children are. To cause damage like you're impacting keyworkers that are helping us get through the pandemic."

Labour councillor for Redbridge, Lee Whitbread said: "I just hope those responsible will be caught and brought to book.

"Everyone can help by keeping an eye out and reporting what they see to the police."

Anyone with information is advised to contact police on 101, quoting 44210007501.”