Media Release: July 29, 2009 (Vandalism)

ANNAPOLIS COUNTY SIGNAGE VANDALISM COSTLY AND DANGEROUS


Annapolis Co. –The County of Annapolis and King’s Transit are working closely with the RCMP to catch the individuals involved with the recent attacks against the transit bus in the Clementsport area.

This week, a King’s Transit bus had a large object thrown at the windshield on the driver’s side, penetrating the safety glass and showering the driver with glass chards. The incident occurred during the bus’s last trip back to Bridgetown from Digby, in the Clementsport area.

Kings Transit buses have come under attack by a group of youths in the Clementsport area over the last 2 weeks at around 9:10pm as the bus is on its last trip back to Bridgetown from Digby. Until last night its has been only the sides of the buses that have been assaulted, but last night the attacks escalated into what can only be termed as ' attempted murder '. A large object was hurled at the bus and made a direct hit in the drivers side windshield, the impact was so great that, if it had gone all the way through the windshield it would have hit the driver directly in the face, had that happened the consequences would have been unimaginable, not only for the driver but the passengers as well. The RCMP was advised when the initial attacks took place but have not turned up any clues as to who is responsible.

The buses are equipped with video surveillance cameras which are now being viewed to see if they may help in tracking down the culprits responsible for this irresponsible criminal act. Const. Archibald from the Bridgetown division said that a similar incident resulted in the encaseration of a group of youths in Ontario a few years ago. Kings Transit is looking at the possibility of re-routing the run between Cornwallis and Annapolis Royal via Hwy 1 until the culprits have been caught. Damage caused to bus last night is estimated around $ 1,000 . Anyone having information is asked to contact Crime Stoppers.

“It is very important that everyone works together to present Annapolis County in an attractive, and, most importantly, safe manner,” said Warden Newton. “Any information that may help eliminate this vandalism would be greatly appreciated.”

If anyone has information in regards to this matter, they can contact the RCMP.







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