Two teenagers charged after targeting and smashing bus window with stone

Two teenagers have been charged after smashing a bus window in Edinburgh with a stone earlier this month.

Tuesday, 25th May 2021, 8:06 pm
Updated Wednesday, 26th May 2021, 7:12 am

The two boys, aged 14 and 15, threw the stone at the bus at around 7.10pm on Wednesday, May 5, in Pennywell Gardens.

Police have described it as a “dangerous” move and are visiting schools in the area to educate young people on the risks of targeting buses in this way.

In recent months a number of similar incidents have been reported to Edinburgh police.

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One incident left a mother distraught after a group of youths threw a stone through the bus window, narrowly missing her baby’s head.

Another incident saw a bus driver in Niddrie suffer injuries after a stone was thrown through the front window of his bus.

On March 17, Lothian Buses suspended all of its services after 7pm in response to the anti-social behaviour that was being exhibited week after week.

Inspector Johnny Elliott of Drylaw Police Station said: “This kind of behaviour is dangerous and the consequences could have been far more serious.

Two teenagers charged after targeting and smashing bus window with stone

“As part of Operation Proust, officers have been visiting schools in the area and speaking to youths about the dangers of throwing stones at public transport vehicles.

"This kind of behaviour will not be tolerated and we will make every effort to identify those responsible.

“Information from members of the public is vital in helping us quickly identify those involved in this type of criminality and we would encourage anyone who witnesses an incident to contact Police Scotland through 101.

"Alternatively you can call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.”

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