YELLOW BUSES (YB) is to divert services on a Bournemouth estate after five separate incidents in which vehicles have came under fire.
From approximately 1800 hours each night routes 5a, 5b and 2b will no longer serve Maclean Road, Cunningham Crescent, Poole Lane, Moore Avenue and Anstey Road in West Howe.
The decision comes after five buses sustained damage, including shattered windows, after being hit by unknown missiles. Police are aware of the attacks which it’s believed may involve the use of a catapult.
Yellow Buses has described the attacks as “highly dangerous” and “potentially life threatening.”
The services have been diverted until further notice. Talks have been arranged with police and local groups.
A YB spokesman said: “We are not prepared to tolerate the safety of our staff and passengers being put at risk by this irresponsible behaviour.
“We will only reinstate evening services to these roads when we’re satisfied that there will be no repetition of the attacks.”
The spokesman added: “Withdrawing services from particular roads is an action of last resort and has far reaching effects for the whole community.
“However things have now got so serious that we feel there is no alternative.
“Yellow Buses operates a ‘zero tolerance’ policy and we will prosecute anyone involved in such dangerous and mindless acts.”
With immediate effect route 2b will operate direct via Kinson Road to Columbia Road and will not be serving the Anstey Road, Moore Avenue and Cunningham Crescent area from 1800 hours each day.
Route 5a will operate direct via Kinson Road to Columbia Road and will not be serving the Poole Lane, Moore Avenue and Maclean Road area from 1800 hours.
Route 5b will operate direct via Kinson Road to East Howe Lane and will not be serving the Poole Lane, Moore Avenue and Cunningham Crescent area from 1800 hours.