Bus stops vandalised and set on fire - The Redditch Standard

Bus stops vandalised and set on fire

Redditch Editorial 16th Dec, 2014 Updated: 18th Oct, 2016   0

BUS STOPS which residents waited three decades for have been set alight and graffitied within five months.

The pair of stops on Church Hill Way were only installed earlier this year but vandals targeted both within the last fortnight, scrawling obscene messages on the walls, breaking the glass and setting fire to the seat.

The stops were funded by the county council’s Choose How You Move project and installed as part of the Roadway Arts scheme, which decorates shelters with artwork which often depicts aspects of the borough’s history and heritage.

The scheme has previously been hailed for successfully cutting vandalism of bus shelters.

Coun Yvonne Smith, responsible for community safety on Redditch Borough Council, said the shelters were something which everyone should ‘take ownership of and be proud of’.

“They are a way of celebrating the borough as well as helping passengers using public transport,” she added.

“For this reason, I personally find this act of vandalism to be particularly upsetting and I’m sure many of the Church Hill residents feel the same.

“Shelters installed under the Roadway Arts scheme have a good track record of deterring and resisting damage and, we will be repairing the shelter seats and panels at this location as soon as possible.”

Neither West Mercia Police or Hereford and Worcester Fire and Rescue Service had any record of the incidents.


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