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Bus smashed by yobs in Cuckoo Lane, Ashford

Passengers have described their terror after yobs hid in the darkness and pelted the windows of their bus with rocks.

The damage happened in Cuckoo Lane between Stanhope and South Ashford.

One passenger said: “I was on the bus with my six-year-old, the driver and another passenger. None of us were hurt, but it was pretty scary.

Damage on board the bus
Damage on board the bus

“The kids were standing in the shadows of the woods along that road and it was dark out, so no descriptions could be given to the police.

“The other lady was freaked out and chose to get off the bus and walk home. I got off and waited for the next bus to come along. Just glad no one was hurt, it could have been a lot worse.”

The other passenger said: “I don’t think I’ve ever had anything like this happen before, it was literally like something out of a film.

Windows were smashed on board the bus
Windows were smashed on board the bus

“It sickens me even more that there was a child was on the bus, we were lucky that we weren’t on that side of the window.”

Stagecoach spokesman Matthew Maytum confirmed no one was hurt during the incident at around 6.30pm on Friday, and said the company is working with the police.

The incident follows a spate of vandalism in the area, after a play park and primary school were targeted the previous Monday night.

John Wesley Primary School head teacher Gail Spragg said she believed windows were smashed by youths wielding catapults or slingshots.

Vandals damaged picnic tables and play equipment earlier in the week.
Vandals damaged picnic tables and play equipment earlier in the week.

Meanwhile Great Chart with Singleton Parish Council clerk Aniko Szocs reported that a new picnic table and play equipment at the park in Cuckoo Lane was damaged on the same night.

Police spokesman Natalie Hardy did not comment on whether the incidents are being linked, but confirmed officers are investigating the incident on Friday.

Officers investigating the case say anyone with information should contact the police in 101 and quote reference number ZY/043465/16.

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