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Vandals smash up Newbury buses and ransack offices
« on: June 06, 2011, 11:34:43 AM »
from http://www.newburytoday.co.uk/News/Article.aspx?articleID=16934
Disruption to service minimised as extra buses drafted in from Reading
 
VANDALS who struck at Newbury Buses’ Mill Lane depot caused caused thousands of pounds worth of damage and disrupted services.
The damage was discovered shortly after 5.30am today (Monday) by depot controller Paul Comlay.
One employee, who asked not to be identified, said: “It was total devastation. They caused thousands of pounds worth of damage and several buses were taken off road as a result. “They smashed every window in some of the buses.”
Mr Comlay confirmed six buses sustained extensive damage and two offices were ransacked and smashed up.
Reading Transport activated an emergency plan and spare buses were ferried across from Reading to Newbury to take over the services, so that only one journey was missed and everything else ran to time.
Reading Transport chief executive officer James Freeman said: “As a result, there are some unusual buses running in Newbury today - but nobody will mind that, as long as all our services are running to time.”
Detectives were this morning in attendance at the Mill Lane site.

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Re: Vandals smash up Newbury buses and ransack offices
« Reply #1 on: June 06, 2011, 12:24:03 PM »
Well done to Reading Buses for keeping the services going. Is the Newbury depot an open air one or a enclosed building?
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Re: Vandals smash up Newbury buses and ransack offices
« Reply #2 on: June 06, 2011, 12:50:50 PM »
Well done to Reading Buses for keeping the services going. Is the Newbury depot an open air one or a enclosed building?

It's open, with a maintenance building,  there's a good view on Google maps.
Used to deliver to a place a few hundred yards down the road, this area is mostly light industrial.
Wonder whether is was casual vandalism or someone with a grudge?

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Re: Vandals smash up Newbury buses and ransack offices
« Reply #3 on: June 06, 2011, 07:25:01 PM »
Wonder whether is was casual vandalism or someone with a grudge?
It's not unknown for someone with a grudge against the company, such as an ex-employee, to do such a thing. It happened in Northampton in 1998 to First.

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Re: Vandals smash up Newbury buses and ransack offices
« Reply #4 on: June 06, 2011, 08:53:08 PM »
Its also happened before at Newbury when the old garage was set fire to and several buses and coaches destroyed - would have been early 88 I think.

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Re: Vandals smash up Newbury buses and ransack offices
« Reply #5 on: June 06, 2011, 09:32:50 PM »


Post removed by Admin. Only because this may well go to a criminal trial. It's not the first operator to be done this year, and is unlikely to be the last.
« Last Edit: June 06, 2011, 11:02:37 PM by Suzy Scott »

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Re: Vandals smash up Newbury buses and ransack offices
« Reply #6 on: June 07, 2011, 02:21:27 PM »
From BBC News website...



Six buses had their windows smashed by vandals who broke into a depot in Newbury Berkshire, in the early hours. Damage to the fleet of buses and two offices was discovered at the Mill Lane depot of Newbury Buses by the depot controller. Five vandals were recorded by the CCTV system carryingout the attack. The video is now being studied by police who have made two arrests. Spare buses were sent to Newbury and only one service was missed. James Freeman, Chief Executive Officer of Reading Transport, said: "There was a lot of broken glass. "They caused a terrible amount of damage to six buses and two offices." Mr Freeman said the incident was unusual. "I think this is a one off incident," he said. Two men aged 18 and 20, have been arrested on suspicion of criminal damage.