A BUS firm has completely withdrawn services along a road in Poole until further notice as vandalism to buses has now escalated to during the day.

Morebus said the safety of drivers and passengers was “absolutely paramount” as it confirmed the decision in relation to the 16 and 17 routes in Arne Avenue.

As reported, the company took the decision on Thursday to stop serving Herbert Avenue and Arne Avenue from 8pm in the evening due to “continued mindless and dangerous attacks” against their vehicles.

Over the past week or so multiple incidents have taken place involving criminal damage of the buses.

This has seen youths hurling projectiles at buses travelling through the residential area.

In a post on social media on the afternoon of Saturday, July 30, a Morebus spokesperson said: “16 and 17 unfortunately will not serve Arne Avenue in both directions until further notice.

“This is due to vandalism now taking place during the day, the safety of our Drivers and Passengers is absolutely paramount.

“We apologise for any inconvenience caused.”

Earlier this week, Dorset Police said officers were investigating all incidents that had been reported to the force.

A police spokesperson said: ““We are maintaining regular close communication with the bus company and patrols will continue to be carried out in the area in response to this reckless behaviour.

“If anyone has any information about who is involved, we would urge you to please speak to an officer.”

Police and crime commissioner for Dorset David Sidwick said the vandalism was “totally unacceptable behaviour”.

He said Dorset Police was intent on addressing the problem.