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Yobs are ‘putting lives at risk’ smashing Dartford and Gravesham buses with rocks and bricks

PUBLISHED: 15:01 24 October 2017 | UPDATED: 16:25 24 October 2017

Rocks and bricks have been thrown at buses around Dartford and Gravesham

Rocks and bricks have been thrown at buses around Dartford and Gravesham

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Arriva has reported more than 20 incidents since late August

Rocks and bricks have been thrown at buses around Dartford and Gravesham Rocks and bricks have been thrown at buses around Dartford and Gravesham

A spate of attacks from “thoughtless” yobs who are smashing bus windows and doors around Dartford and Gravesham are “putting lives at risk” a councillor has warned.

Since August there have been more than 20 incidents of bricks and rocks being thrown through single-decker windows, with the cost of the damage thought to be at least £9,000.

Most recently, the 481 and 483 services were hit on Wednesday, October 18 while the 423 was hit on Friday, October 20 and again on Monday, October 23.

Buses are known to have been hit in Coldharbour Road and Dene Holm Road in Northfleet, as well as Swanscombe Street and Castle Hill at the Ebbsfleet Garden City development.

Rocks and bricks have been thrown at buses around Dartford and Gravesham Rocks and bricks have been thrown at buses around Dartford and Gravesham

The bus operator Arriva, is now offering a £200 reward to find the culprits.

County and borough councillor Alan Ridgers, who represents Gravesend East and Painters Ash respectively, said: “This is disgraceful behaviour.

“It’s thoughtless and is putting everyone’s lives at risk, the driver’s and the passengers’.

“This is a vital service that is used by all sorts of people, young and old, parents with prams, residents with disabilities, even I use it, to put a brick through the bus is completely irresponsible.

“We have had problems with anti-social behaviour on our buses before, Gravesham and Kent County Council are both in constant conversation with Arriva and we will make sure to bring this problem up at our next meeting.”

An Arriva spokesperson confirmed 21 incidents had been reported since August 23, adding: “Unfortunately windows were recently broken on services 483 and 423, which is not the first incident of its kind. We are working closely with the police and are offering a £200 reward for any information leading to the successful arrest and prosecution of the perpetrators. The safety of our passengers and drivers is always paramount.”

We have approached Kent Police for comment.

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