Gangs of young people causing 'bedlam' on Dudley buses

Gangs of kids hopping on and off buses and causing 'bedlam' across Dudley could have strict restrictions placed on their travel passes.

Chief Supt Kim Madill
Chief Supt Kim Madill

Police have confirmed they are looking at make it harder for the mischief-makers to use the public transport network – with a chance they will only be able to take the trip to school and back.

Councillor Jackie Cowell said she was concerned about the groups of youths making trouble in her ward, often after dark.

She cited issues with the sometimes hooded individuals breaking bottles, “smashing things up” and causing general nuisance.

“They seem to be hanging around in groups and just causing bedlam,” she said.

Raising the issue at a scrutiny board last week, she asked the borough’s most senior police officer what was being done to tackle the problem.

Chief Supt Kim Madill, who was recently appointed to the top job, said that dispersal orders were being used and the possible restrictions on bus travel were also being considered.

“We are trying to deal with colleges and schools and those open spaces,” she said.

“We have had a number of youths over the last few weeks that seem to be travelling the bus network across the borough, after school/early evenings, doing exactly what you have described.

“We are looking at the opportunity to make the bus passes that the children are using only viable to get to and from school so they can’t continue to travel across the borough and cause those issues.”

She said that a couple of sergeants and an inspector were in discussions about the options.

She encouraged residents to make officers aware of any issues so they can target patrols in areas where problems were being reported.

By David Irwin

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