TRANSPORT chiefs have shifted into reverse over their decision to only run daylight bus services through a troubled Poole estate.

Earlier this week Morebus announced services 16 and 17 would only travel along Arne Avenue, Rossmore, Poole, until 4pm, after three buses were targeted by vandals.

Buses were diverted away from the area after repeatedly being attacked by youths, who hurled missiles and smashed windows as the vehicles drove past.

However - after talks with Dorset Police - More bus has relaxed its earlier decision, although roadworks on Monday means some diversions will be in place regardless.

Morebus operations manager Richard Wade said: “We are committed to providing comprehensive bus services for all those living and working in the area.

“After positive discussions and support from the police, we decided to continue operating normal services along this entire route.

“We are working closely with the police as they carry out their investigations into the vandalism in Arne Avenue, and will continue to monitor the situation closely.”

Meanwhile, the Echo understands some Rossmore residents are set to attend a neighbourhood meeting amid concerns of escalating vandalism and anti-social behaviour in the area.

Yesterday, one resident, who asked not to be named, said: “If you speak to people they will tell you that things have got a lot worse recently.

“There seems to be a lot more young people causing trouble around the place, I suspect they’re all part of the same group.

“We need more police patrols in the area, definitely.”

The spate of vandalism has taken place close to where 58-year-old Graham Green died after chasing children who had damaged his van.

Morebus joined forces with Dorset Police after three buses were targeted, and officers have been studying CCTV images to catch those responsible.

Mr Wade said: “We do not tolerate vandalism and are working with police.”

Speaking earlier this week, Poole Neighbourhood Inspector Andy Edwards said: “We are working closely with the bus company and partner agencies and a number of measures have been put in place by the local Neighbourhood Policing Team, including enhanced patrols.”

Information about diverted routes, due to Monday’s roadworks, will be supplied at bus stops and online.