As of Saturday, 5th March two bus routes through the Swarcliffe Estate in Leeds were cancelled due to reports of teenagers throwing stones and rocks at public transport.
First West Yorkshire announced via social media that the 40 and 56 services would be avoiding the estate in both directions due to ‘attempted vandalism’.
The tweet thread read: “SERVICE UPDATE – 40/56. Due to attempted vandalism, we are diverting away from the Swarcliffe Estate in both directions.
“So sorry for any issues this may cause on your journey.
“This will be in place until the end of service this evening. This is for the safety of both our drivers and passengers. I am sorry for the disruption caused.”
Councillor Jessica Lennox, of Cross Gates and Whinmoor ward, addressed the vandalism via Facebook saying, ‘as a result of some serious vandalism that took place earlier’ the bus services would be avoiding the area – with the area services set to resume the following day on Sunday.
One local teenager spoke to Leeds Live about the youths who vandalised the buses: “They throw stones and break the buses whenever they come down here. I wasn’t surprised.
“Just the other day I saw three buses stopped at the bottom of the estate because they all had glass smashed everywhere. It had gone over a nearby mum and her pram.
“If you see a big group of people anywhere around here you turn around and go the other way.”