Criminal damage to buses in West Kingsdown
Witnesses are being sought to a number of incidents where items have been thrown or aimed at buses in the West Kingsdown area.
Over the past week Kent Police has received reports of criminal damage to three buses, resulting in windows being broken.
At around 7.35pm on Thursday 31 October 2019 a pedestrian in London Road is reported to have struck a passing bus with a pole or large stick, causing the windscreen to shatter. On Monday 4 November two further incidents were reported, at 4.55pm in Fawkham Road and at 5.45pm in Hever Road, when objects believed to have been fired from catapults also caused damage.
Inspector Mark Stubberfield of the Sevenoaks Community Safety Unit said: ‘It is only through luck that these reckless acts haven’t resulted in someone being seriously injured or worse. On top of that, the damage has caused significant financial loss to the bus company and these actions will result in changes to bus routes as well as withdrawal of services.
‘Patrols in the area have been increased and investigations to identify those responsible, including reviewing CCTV, is ongoing. I want to reassure the public that we will use the full extent of our powers to ensure any offenders are held to account for their irresponsible and dangerous conduct and brought to justice. If you see anything suspicious call 101, or if it is a crime in progress dial 999.’
Anyone with information is asked to call west Kent Police appeals line on 01622 604100, quoting reference 46/212511/19. Alternatively, you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously by calling 0800 555 111 or using the anonymous online form at Crimestoppers-uk.org