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Vandals attack bus in Valley Drive, Gravesend

By Chris Hunter

Passengers were lucky to escape injury after a rock was hurled at a bus in Gravesend and smashed a window.

The bus was targeted at 3.15pm in Valley Drive, in what is the latest in a series of attacks on buses in the area.

A spokesman for Arriva confirmed passengers were on board at the time of the attack but that no one was injured, and services continued as normal after the incident.

The smashed window after vandals targeted an Arriva bus in Gravesend
The smashed window after vandals targeted an Arriva bus in Gravesend

The bus continued on its route but was taken out of service for repair after returning to the depot.

Police said they were called just after 4pm and that enquiries into the incident are ongoing.

Last month bus drivers began avoiding several stops in the area following more than a dozen instances of windows being smashed.

Arriva 480 and 490 services were terminating at the Lion Roundabout, with stops between there and Mackenzie Way and Riverview Drive not being served while advice was sought from police.

The disruption took place on Wednesday, October 11, and normal service resumed the following day after police stepped up patrols.

Last year, Arriva’s 190 service stopped using nearby Dering Way for more than four months because drivers were being targeted by vandals with catapults and air rifles.

Around 200 drivers signed a petition refusing to go down there, leaving regular users, many of them elderly, facing a 10-minute walk to get to the nearest alternative stop.

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