Damage to bus windows

21 Mar 2016 09:20 AM

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Police are investigating a series of incidents when bus windows have been smashed while on routes in Sunderland and Gateshead.

Since February 22, there have been six incidents reported to police and officers are appealing for help from the public to find those responsible. 

The latest incident happened on Thursday, March 17, between 9pm and 9.25pm when a single decker bus was driving along Hyltoncastle Road / Castle View.  Something was thrown at a bus window causing it to smash.  No one was injured but there were passengers on board who were upset by the incident.

Neighbourhood Inspector Tony Carty said: "We take these types of incidents very seriously and officers are investigating to find those responsible.

"It is purely good fortune that no one has been injured as a result of these incidents.  But we are concerned that if this behaviour continues it could easily lead to people being hurt.

"We want to make it clear that when we catch those responsible they will face a criminal record. This sort of reckless behaviour is extremely dangerous and could easily have resulted in serious injury to the passengers, driver and other road users."

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