The shocking extent of missile attacks on buses, trains and trams


Buses are targeted by yobs throwing stones, bricks and other missiles twice a week in Greater Manchester, transport bosses have revealed.

Statistics show there have been 107 reported attacks in the past 12 months, Transport for Greater Manchester has revealed, equivalent to almost nine a month.

The starting data highlights Stockport as a hot-spot area, with 30 attacks on buses reported.

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Windows on three double-deckers were smashed on Thursday night in Salford, Wigan and Manchester, and toilets at Altrincham and Bury interchange were also vandalized, TfGM has revealed.

And last Friday night a brick being was thrown through a train window in Clifton, Salford – an attack which put the driver in hospital.

The data also shows Metrolink trams have also been hit by missiles more than 150 times over the same period.

Now police and transport bosses have issued a half-term warning about the dangers and consequences of throwing objects at buses, trains and trams following what they called a ‘spate of incidents’.

The latest incidents are being investigated by the TravelSafe Partnership, made up of Greater Manchester Police, British Transport Police, TfGM and operators.

CCTV images are being examined.

Transport police are appealing for witnesses

Superintendent Julie Ellison, from GMP’s Specialist Operations Team, said: “Objects being thrown at a moving vehicle can cause significant damage, as well as cause the driver to lose control and possibly cause a collision.

“There is no excuse for this behaviour, which is putting the lives of others at risk.

“I would ask those who are thinking about doing such a thing, to contemplate the potentially devastating consequences that one moment could have, not only for those who could be seriously injured or even killed, but for themselves, as our officers will take appropriate enforcement action against anyone caught throwing items at a vehicle.

“As half-term approaches, I would also like to ask parents for their support.

Trams have been targeted more than 150 times

“It’s important that you know where your children are going and talk to them about the consequences of this dangerous behaviour.”

British Transport Police said the train driver in Clifton was struck by shards of glass.

It’s been revealed he went to hospital for treatment with injuries to his eyes and face. Thankfully, BTP said his injuries were minor.

PC Dan Naylor said: “We are urgently seeking information following this reckless incident which could have had far more serious consequences for the driver.

“Anyone with information is urged to come forward to help us find whoever is responsible.

“No one should feel unsafe at work, and any incident involving rail staff on our network is taken extremely seriously.”

Rail operator Northern is offering a £1,000 reward.

Bev Hughes, Greater Manchester’s deputy mayor, said: “Crime and anti-social behavior occurring on our public transport network, throwing objects at moving trams and buses, intimidating passengers and crews, is wholly unacceptable – it can make traveling an unpleasant experience, deterring people from using our trains, trams and buses.

“All residents and staff on our public transport in Greater Manchester are entitled to feel safe and comfortable.

Reported incidents targeting buses over the past 12 months:

Bolton-10

Bury-6

Manchester-15

Salford–14

Rochdale–9

Oldham – 2

Stockport–30

Wigan-20

Trafford – 1

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George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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