Bus services in Maltby suspended after vandalism attacks

Bus services in Maltby suspended after vandalism attacks

By Michael Upton | 12/01/2022

Bus services in Maltby suspended after vandalism attacks
Maltby High Street

 

FIRST have withdrawn three services through Maltby after a series of vandalism attacks.

The transport company said they had made the decision due to “multiple acts of vandalism against our services” in Maltby High Street and Braithwell Road.

Evening services of the 10, X1 and X10 from 6pm onwards would not serve this area until further notice “for the safety of our customers and staff”, First said.

A spokesperson for First South Yorkshire said: “We have experienced several incidents over the last couple of months that have incurred broken windows with youths throwing stones and bricks at vehicles.

“We are concerned that at some point one of our drivers or a passenger may be seriously injured through this mindless criminal activity.

“It also inevitably affects service as a bus needs to be taken out of operation to be repaired which causes inconvenience to people who want to use services in the affected areas.
 
"We are working closely with the police to try and identify and apprehend the people involved, whilst we do that, safety and the wellbeing of our staff and the travelling public is our overriding concern when incidents occur.”

Maltby councillor Adam Tinsley called the attacks “totally unacceptable”, while MP Alex Stafford said a greater police presence in the village was necessary to tackle the issue.

“I am dismayed and appalled to learn from the below that three bus routes need to be withdrawn from part of Maltby for safety reasons,” he said.

“I wholeheartedly condemn these acts of violence against bus drivers simply trying to do their job and those involved should be ashamed of themselves.”

Mr Stafford also called for a public space protection order to be imposed “so that Maltby residents do not lose out to a few small-minded criminals”.