Bus attacked by brick-bearing yob

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A RECKLESS thug risked the lives of innocent bus passengers in Scarborough.

Police are now searching for the person who hurled a brick at the bus, in Westway, Eastfield, which smashed through a window and narrowly missed the driver.

Peter Shipp, chief executive of East Yorkshire Motor Services, which runs the service, said the perpetrator could have caused a fatality.

“It’s appalling,” Mr Shipp said. “The window that smashed was right behind the driver’s cab. It could have had hit the driver and disabled him.

“It has the potential to kill someone. Hopefully it was just a one-off.”

Fortunately no-one was injured in the incident. After a short delay the bus carried on its way, until it got back to the depot and was replaced.

Mr Shipp added: “I would ask the person who has done this to think about how they would feel if their actions ended up killing someone, which was quite possible.

“I can’t understand what pleasure people get out of doing things like this. It’s mindless hooliganism.”

The bus came under attack on Saturday at 10:45pm.

East Yorkshire Motor Services are now examining CCTV footage, which covers both the inside and outside of their vehicles.

PC Phil Charlton, of the Scarborough Safer Neighbourhood Team, is investigating the incident.

He said: “This was an act of reckless stupidity. Had the brick hit someone using the bus the outcome could well have been tragic. I urge anyone who has information that could help to identify the offender to contact the police, or Crimestoppers, immediately.”

Anyone who can help the police with their inquiries is urged to contact PC Charlton on the new police non-emergency number, 101. Press option 2 and ask for Phil Charlton by name. Alternatively, independent charity Crimestoppers can be contacted anonymously on 0800 555111. Reference number 12110212522 should be quoted.