ANXIOUS Christchurch residents have voiced fears someone will be killed unless problems with unruly youths are tackled by police.

The latest incident saw a pellet fired at a bus, which narrowly missed passengers leaving them in fear.

Police were called after the pellet smashed through a window, travelled through the bus, and burst out of the other side in Purewell at 6.25pm on Wednesday September 19.

Claire Wade from Christchurch said her 83-year-old mother-in-law was on the bus and was shaken by the incident.

She told the Daily Echo: “I’m fed up with hearing people say it is just kids messing about. This was powerful enough to go through two windows and could have killed someone if they were sitting there.

“There have been so many problems with teenagers in the Somerford and Purewell areas that something needs to be done before someone is seriously hurt or even killed.”

The incident took place near the Rising Sun pub in Purewell and police were called.

Just three weeks ago police were alerted after a bus window was smashed in Somerford by someone using a catapult and stones were hurled at cars.

Claire added: “Young people have also been letting off fireworks near to people’s homes and generally intimidating people.”

Now she has urged police to hold a community meeting so residents can tell them about the extent of the problems.

A spokesman for Dorset Police said: “At around 6.25pm on Wednesday September 19, Dorset Police received a report that a pellet had been fired at a bus in Purewell in Christchurch, causing damage to two windows.

“Officers attended and are carrying out an investigation into the incident. No arrests have been made at this stage.”

Anyone with information can contact Dorset Police on 101, quoting occurrence number 55180152255, or the free and anonymous Crimestoppers line on 0800 555 111.