‘Stop smashing up our bus shelter you morons!’

Bus stop vandalism in Woolmer Drive, Leverstock Green, Hemel Hempstead.
Bus stop vandalism in Woolmer Drive, Leverstock Green, Hemel Hempstead.

Bus users have called for action to put a stop to ‘morons’ who continually smash up a shelter that elderly folk depend on.

The bus shelter in Woolmer Drive, Leverstock Green, has been vandalised five or six times in the last two-and-a-half months.

Linda Maynard, who uses the bus to get about, said: “It just seems they fix it and then someone breaks it again.

“I think they are morons. I can’t see what pleasure they get out of it.”

She fears that if vandals continue to smash the shelter’s glass, the facility will be taken away altogether. “There is an awful lot of elderly people that can’t stand for long and they sit in the bus shelter, they really rely on it,” said Linda, of Welbury Terrace.

Linda and husband Michael say the shelter is always promptly repaired by owners Clear Channel but it is not long before vandals strike again.

Michael said: “What I don’t understand is why they can’t do plastic windows or why they can’t put a CCTV camera up. I know it costs money, but it costs money to keep fixing it.”

A spokesman for Clear Channel, which owns and maintains the shelter, said: “In our experience the best way to reduce vandalism at shelters is to fix instances of damage as quickly as possible.

“We have applied this policy in this case, however damage has persisted and we have now fitted the shelter with polycarbonate instead of glass, which is much harder to break. We will continue to monitor the shelter.”

A spokesman for Herts County Council said: “When we became aware of this damage, we informed Clear Channel. They repaired it within two days at their own cost.”

To report damage to bus shelters call 0800 590889 or visit www.hertsdirect.org/highwayfaults.