A bus route has become unusable because gangs of youths have repeatedly attacked drivers with stones and metal.

For the third time in five days bus drivers have been ordered to divert a route through Hull because the safety of passengers was at risk.

One woman said she thought she ‘could have been killed’ after a metal object was thrown through her window at a bus stop in Orchard Park.

Bus drivers are being told not to stop at a bus stop in an estate after being terrorised by gangs throwing stones and smashing windows. For the third time in five days, Stagecoach has had to divert buses away from Orchard Park, in Hull, due to "ongoing problems" with youths in the area. Just last Friday Hull Live reported how one Stagecoach bus had to abort its usual route due to youths throwing stones at the windows. The bus services between the city centre and Orchard Park were diverted away from Hall Road on Friday, January 4, after antisocial youths were seen pelting buses with stones, which put the safety of passengers and staff at risk. CAPTION: A group of youths stood outside William Hill with one holding the door open until more youths arrived, including one on a motorbike
Young gangs have left people terrified after repeatedly attacked buses with stones and metal (Picture: Hull Daily Mail / MEN)

Alex, 26, was on the bus with her partner just before 8pm on Monday when she said a group of children attacked, leaving her too scared to get off the bus.

She said: ‘This big piece of metal that looked like a door wedge came flying through the window and landed where the prams and wheelchair section is.

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‘If anyone had been sat there, especially a child, they could have been killed. The bus driver kept telling us he couldn’t drive on, but I didn’t want to get out while I knew this was all going on.


‘My boyfriend eventually persuaded me to get off and we got right on the next bus.

‘I didn’t really care where it was going I just wanted to get away from those people who had attacked the bus.’

Hall road, Hull
The buses were diverted away from Hall Road in Hull after buses were attacked with stones (Picture: Google)
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Stagecoach, who operate the bus routes, are working with the police to tackle the vandalism (Picture: REX/Shutterstock)

Stagecoach, who operate bus routes in the area, said it is working alongside Humberside Police and the council to tackle vandalism and dangerous behaviour in the area.

Humberside Police’s Sergeant Joanne Harvey, said: ‘What we have found is that it’s usually youths who are involved in this kind of behaviour, but throwing things at buses is no joke.

‘Someone could end up really hurt if they’re hit by flying glass and it could easily cause an accident.

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‘I want to appeal to parents to make sure they know where their children are and what they’re doing.

‘If we find out your child has been involved, you can expect a visit from our officers. This is not acceptable behaviour and we do take it seriously.’

If you have information about the people responsible for damaging the vehicles, speak to your local officer or call 101.