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Yobs stoning buses a growing problem - transport boss
A BUS company boss has raised concerns over what he says is the increasing problem of yobs throwing stones at buses.
Graeme Torrance, owner of the County Durham-based Scarlet Band transport firm, said four of his buses had been pelted with stones while travelling through the Thornley and Wheatley Hill area, in east Durham, in the last ten months alone.
The problem is becoming fairly common, he added.
In the latest incident, a teenager was left shaken but unhurt after a window was shattered a few feet from where he was sitting.
Jonathan Boyes, 17, was travelling from his home in Wingate to work at Loveshack nightclub, in Durham City, on Scarlet Band’s number 58 service from Hartlepool to Durham when the incident took place at about 9.15pm last Saturday (September 14).
Jonathan, a New College Durham student, said: “I had my headphones on and I heard a loud bang.
“I didn’t see anything, I just heard the noise. I was in shock. It was scary.”
A large window was shattered into small pieces.
At first, it was feared the bus had been shot at with an airgun. But it is now believed a stone was thrown.
The driver took the bus back to the firm’s depot in West Cornforth, picked up a new vehicle and finished his route at about 10.15pm.
Jonathan’s mother, Helen, believes Scarlet Band should have done more to help her son and reported the matter to the police more quickly and has made an official complaint.
However, Mr Torrance said Jonathan declined an invitation to move seats and told the driver he was okay and just wanted to get to work as soon as possible.
The incident was reported to Durham Police on Tuesday.
To contact the police, call the non-emergency number, 101.
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