Youths arrested for causing £3,000 damage to city buses
Three youths have been arrested for vandalising 14 buses in the early hours of Sunday morning, smashing windows and causing an estimated £3,000 of damage.
The incident happened at National Express Dundee’s bus depot in East Dock Street on Sunday 2 August. Employees at the depot worked throughout the early hours of the morning to replace windows and clear broken glass from vehicles to prevent disruption to local bus services.
Tayside Police were altered to the incident and quickly identified the culprits through the descriptions given by staff. The youths, aged between 13 and 14 years have been charged and referred to the Procurator Fiscal in Dundee.
Elaine Williams, Operations Manager for National Express Dundee, said:
“Our employees worked throughout the early hours of Sunday morning to get the vandalised buses back on to the road and we would like to praise their commitment to providing a first class bus service. It’s sad that someone felt the need to vandalise our buses and we hope the swift response of Tayside Police sends a message that it will not be tolerated.“
A spokeswoman for Tayside Police said,
‘‘Officers were quickly on the scene and the three youths were traced nearby. They have all since been charged and reported to the Procurator Fiscal in Dundee.’’
National Express Dundee National Express Dundee and Tayside Police recently launched a crackdown on anti social behaviour and fare evasion through a series high visibility checks at bus stops throughout the city.
Inspectors from National Express Dundee, working in partnership with officers from Tayside Police, boarded the vehicles to check travel passes and fares. Whilst the police officers did not board the buses, they were on hand to support public safety and protection of property. Over 140 vehicles were inspected by bus officials during the three day operation.
National Express Dundee operates 132 vehicles across 32 routes throughout the city.