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Bournemouth bus routes changed after missile attacks

Buses serving a Bournemouth housing estate are being diverted after vehicles were hit by missiles on five separate occasions.

Yellow Buses, said three of its routes serving West Howe would be diverted from 18:00 GMT, after buses sustained damage, including shattered windows.

The company said police believed the unidentified missiles could have been launched using a catapult.

A spokesman said the attacks were "potentially life threatening".

The 5a, 5b and 2b will no longer serve Maclean Road, Cunningham Crescent, Poole Lane, Moore Avenue and Anstey Road after 18:00 GMT each day.

The diversion will remain in place every evening until further notice.

'Last resort'

The spokesman said: "We are not prepared to tolerate the safety of our staff and passengers being put at risk by this irresponsible behaviour.

"We will only reinstate evening services to these roads when we are satisfied that there will be no repetition of the attacks.

"Withdrawing services from particular roads is an action of last resort and has far-reaching effects for the whole community.

"However, things have now got so serious that we feel there is no alternative."

He added the company operated a "zero-tolerance policy" and would prosecute anyone involved "in such dangerous and mindless acts".

The 2b is to run via Kinson Road to Columbia Road, the 5a will go direct via Kinson Road to Columbia Road, while the 5b will operate direct via Kinson Road to East Howe Lane.

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