A BUS company has responded following recent attacks that saw windows smashed in the same Canvey road.

First Essex windows were smashed in Link Road, Canvey on Friday, October 27 and Sunday, October 29.

The incidents resulted in buses being taken out of service and passengers using different methods of transport.

A spokesman for First Essex said: “Over the last few days we have had a number of buses attacked, which has resulted in several broken windows and buses taken out of service.

“For safety reasons, after last night’s attacks, we terminated at Benfleet station to prevent the possibility of injuries to passengers and to protect our staff.

“We will continue to monitor the situation closely and will take whatever action is necessary to keep passengers and staff safe.”

The incident on Sunday occurred on a 22 bus from Basildon to Canvey where an object believed to be a stone was thrown at the window.


First Bus windows smashed in same Canvey road

It caused the window to completely shatter after connecting with glass spread dangerously in the area.

Sharon Goodman was a passenger on the bus and spoke about her fear and anger when the incident happened.

She said: “I had my friend with me and she is 90-years-old, it frightened the life out of me.

“I was sitting right in front of where it happened but I could’ve been sitting there, the stone could have hit anyone.

“This wasn’t the only time, when we left the bus I met a woman standing at the bus stop and she said it happened on Friday around here when she was coming home from work.”

Passengers had to leave the bus and Sharon waited for a different one.

The First Essex spokesman added: “While we do not want to leave areas without services we would ask our customers to understand that we have to reserve the right to divert and terminate services at Benfleet should this disgraceful behaviour continue.

“All incidents have been reported to the police and we will work closely with them to apprehend those responsible for these attacks.”