Police investigating after yobs smash bus shelters overnight

Disheartened residents are calling for action after a number of bus stops were smashed overnight in a 'suspected vandalism' attack.

Tuesday, 20th September 2016, 3:31 pm
Updated Tuesday, 4th October 2016, 2:00 pm
Damage caused to a bus stop in Brimington.
Damage caused to a bus stop in Brimington.

Police are investigating after yobs smashed glass panels and shelters at a high number of bus stops in Brimington, Hollingwood and Chesterfield.

The damage, which will cost the taxpayer a considerable amount, is believed to have been caused on the night of Friday, September 16.

Residents took to the Derbyshire Times’ Facebook page to express their anger following the incidents.

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Zara Abbott Hill wrote: “I was not happy at all cause my son nearly slipped on it and they took ages for it to be cleaned up.

Joe Rosato posted: “Mindless vandalism !! Makes my blood boil.”

Katie Sarah Davis wrote: “They were like it Saturday. About four I counted from Inkersall to Chesterfield. Whoever is doing it their parents must be so proud of the hooligans. It’s disgusting behaviour and not acceptable at all.

And Tracey Holland wrote: “Not good for mums with young children.”

Bus passengers and people living nearby are also calling for glass panels to no longer be used in bus shelters to stop them being smashed easily.

Jason Bulley wrote: “I think they need to not put glass in and just Perspex as there are too many being smashed just for fun.”

David Hewitt posted: “Four or five bus stops affected from Hollingwood to Tapton, like one person said put thick perspex in or just put metal in!”

A spokesman for Chesterfield Borough Council said that teams are now working to get replacement panels sorted.

“A number of glass panels in bus shelters were damaged over the weekend in suspected vandalism attacks in Brimington,” the spokesman said. “The police are aware and investigating. Our street cleaning teams cleared up the broken glass yesterday and we have begun the procurement process to get replacement panels. Until we receive the quotes we do not know how much it will cost to replace the damaged glass.”

Derbyshire police are also now appealing for information after a car and six fences were damaged in Inkersall the week before (Friday, September 9).

Fences outside homes on Turner Avenue, Stanley Avenue and Bevan Drive and a car parked on Attlee Road were damaged at around 10pm.

Police Constable Kelly Brown said: “These mindless acts of criminal damage have caused the owners great inconvenience and expense.

“We would appeal to anyone who may have information about any of these incidents, or may have seen someone acting suspiciously in these areas to contact us.”

Contact PC Kelly Brown or PCSO Janis Naylor by calling 101, quoting crime number 16000272471.