Canberra Times: Bus drivers under fire from rock throwers

The Friday, 24 July 2009 edition of the Canberra Times is reporting that buses are being targeted by rock throwers, with several incidents occurring in the North Canberra region.  

Bus drivers under fire from rock throwers

Police are searching for vandals who threw rocks at three ACTION buses, smashing windows near the drivers of two of the vehicles.

It is believed all three attacks, in different areas of the city, may have been carried out by the one group.

Police were called to the city bus interchange on East Row after the driver’s side front window of a bus was shattered, possibly by a rock thrown from a vehicle, about 9pm on Wednesday [22 July 2009].

The window of a second bus was smashed as the city-bound vehicle traveled along Ainslie Avenue in Reid.

Neither bus driver was injured. Police said they were searching for occupants of a dark-coloured sedan.

The attacks follow rock-throwing incidents in May that prompted the ACT Government to announce plans to install safety screens on bridges.

An ACTION spokeswoman confirmed that a third bus was targeted on the same night near Mawson, but could not provide details of the damage caused.

The North Canberra Community Council would encourage anybody with any information about this crime or any other crime is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or Report Crime Online.

Note: copyright of the material in this clipping resides with Fairfax Media. Usage permitted in accordance with the Australian Copyright Act 1968, Section 42: Fair dealing for purpose of reporting news. Source: The Canberra Times – 24 July 2009.

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