West Howe bus service suspended after BB gun fired to be reinstated later this month

West Howe bus service suspended after BB gun fired to be reinstated later this month

West Howe bus service suspended after BB gun fired to be reinstated later this month

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A BOURNEMOUTH bus service suspended due to antisocial behaviour will be running again at the end of the month.

On April 7, the 5b and 2b services linking West Howe and Kinson along Montgomery Avenue was suspended in the evenings from 6pm by Yellow Buses due to vandalism and anti-social behaviour, including an air gun or BB gun being fired at one bus, and a bed being dragged in front of another.

However, the company has decided to reinstate both services despite such “mindless vandalism”, after hearing the views of residents, police officers and councillors at a public meeting in West Howe on June 6.

Head of marketing Jenni Wilkinson said: “We have listened very carefully to the comments of the residents who attended the meeting.

“Yellow Buses has no wish to punish the many for the actions of the few but the number and gravity of the incidents has been totally unacceptable. This was supported by the residents at the meeting.

“We have now been assured by Dorset Police that there is not a problem in the area. In view of this assurance we are prepared to reinstate evening services.

“However, should the situation arise where we are forced to divert services again from this area then we will be looking at a long term and more permanent solution, as the safety of our staff and passengers remain paramount.

“We look forward to reinstating evening services and working closely with the police and the local community to ensure our return is a success.”

Back in April the company listed ten incidents in the last year of objects being thrown at their buses in the area, including eggs and stones. At the time, a spokesman said they could not give a timetable for when the service might be resumed until satisfied the problem was dealt with.

Councillor Jane Kelly, cabinet member for regeneration, said: “I’m absolutely delighted to hear that this service is being restored.

“I am sure the community in West Howe will embrace the fact that these buses have been reinstated, and I hope these problems will not happen again and the youngsters involved understand the consequences of their actions.”

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6:40pm Wed 11 Jun 14

speedy231278 says...

How long shall we give it before reports of a bus being attacked in the area again? A week?
How long shall we give it before reports of a bus being attacked in the area again? A week? speedy231278
  • Score: 6

6:45pm Wed 11 Jun 14

Red Panda says...

speedy231278 wrote:
How long shall we give it before reports of a bus being attacked in the area again? A week?
Do you live on the estate..............
.....don't tar us all with the same brush.............no
t everyone who lives here is a mindless vandal..............
..a lot of families here are good hard working families with well brought up children............
...sadly as in any area the minority make it worse for the majority............
..............
[quote][p][bold]speedy231278[/bold] wrote: How long shall we give it before reports of a bus being attacked in the area again? A week?[/p][/quote]Do you live on the estate.............. .....don't tar us all with the same brush.............no t everyone who lives here is a mindless vandal.............. ..a lot of families here are good hard working families with well brought up children............ ...sadly as in any area the minority make it worse for the majority............ .............. Red Panda
  • Score: -3

7:31pm Wed 11 Jun 14

angrydorseter says...

Red Panda wrote:
speedy231278 wrote:
How long shall we give it before reports of a bus being attacked in the area again? A week?
Do you live on the estate..............

.....don't tar us all with the same brush.............no

t everyone who lives here is a mindless vandal..............

..a lot of families here are good hard working families with well brought up children............

...sadly as in any area the minority make it worse for the majority............

..............
Your full stop key appears to be malfunctioning.
[quote][p][bold]Red Panda[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]speedy231278[/bold] wrote: How long shall we give it before reports of a bus being attacked in the area again? A week?[/p][/quote]Do you live on the estate.............. .....don't tar us all with the same brush.............no t everyone who lives here is a mindless vandal.............. ..a lot of families here are good hard working families with well brought up children............ ...sadly as in any area the minority make it worse for the majority............ ..............[/p][/quote]Your full stop key appears to be malfunctioning. angrydorseter
  • Score: 9

7:47pm Wed 11 Jun 14

s-pb2 says...

How can the police assure Yellow Buses that there is not a problem in the area after 10 serious incidents occurred over a period of a year?

If an incident does occur which involves a driver or passenger getting injured then can Yellow Buses sue Dorset Police?
How can the police assure Yellow Buses that there is not a problem in the area after 10 serious incidents occurred over a period of a year? If an incident does occur which involves a driver or passenger getting injured then can Yellow Buses sue Dorset Police? s-pb2
  • Score: 2

8:52pm Wed 11 Jun 14

SnakeDoc says...

And the 2a and 2b will now be going round Townsend in the evening too now I assume. After all it's not exactly downtown Baghdad around there anymore, but the bus service never came back!
And the 2a and 2b will now be going round Townsend in the evening too now I assume. After all it's not exactly downtown Baghdad around there anymore, but the bus service never came back! SnakeDoc
  • Score: 3

8:42am Thu 12 Jun 14

muscliffman says...

I am sure we are all 'absolutely delighted' that 'Councillor Jane Kelly, cabinet member for regeneration, said: “I’m absolutely delighted....' This Boscombe Councillor clearly has access to only a very limited number of Council speak sound-bites and churns out the same silly old ones repeatedly, regardless of topic!
I am sure we are all 'absolutely delighted' that 'Councillor Jane Kelly, cabinet member for regeneration, said: “I’m absolutely delighted....' This Boscombe Councillor clearly has access to only a very limited number of Council speak sound-bites and churns out the same silly old ones repeatedly, regardless of topic! muscliffman
  • Score: 2

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