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Teen gang’s £8,000 Brighton and Hove Bus vandalism spree
3:40pm Wednesday 30th January 2013 in News
A gang of more than a dozen teenagers caused thousands of pounds’ damage to buses in a vandalism spree.
The same gang is believed to have placed street furniture, including traffic cones and a road sign, in Lewes Road, Brighton, causing a potential hazard to road users.
Now the boss of Brighton and Hove Bus and Coach Company has called on the courts to come down hard on those responsible.
Managing director Roger French said one bus was still out of service after the yobs smashed holes in its ceiling.
They also wrote on chairs with marker pens, removed safety hammers and broke windows, and broke a second bus’s emergency glass.
Mr French said: “It is absolutely disgraceful. This mindless vandalism has caused up to £8,000 worth of damage – a huge amount.
“People should be able to go about their lives peacefully in this city.”
The damage was done to two buses, the No 7 and the 1A.
Police said the teenagers got on the No 7 bus in Eastern Road, Brighton, at 7.30pm on January 14, caused damage and then got on the second bus.
PC Nick Simmons: “This was mindless vandalism which has caused thousands of pounds worth of damage and taken two buses off the road for repair.”
Police are examining CCTV and have so far made eight arrests for criminal damage – six girls aged between 13 and 18, a 14-year-old boy and a 19-year-old man.
Two people in the group – a woman, 18, and a boy, 13 – have also been arrested for placing cones and road signs across Lewes Road.
All eight were questioned before being released on bail while officers carry out further inquiries.
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