Mesh could replace glass after vandal attacks

Coun Christian Cox with one of the vandalised bus shelters in Lytham Road and (below) one of the mesh shelters.

Coun Christian Cox with one of the vandalised bus shelters in Lytham Road and (below) one of the mesh shelters.

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UGLY mesh bus stops could be erected in a bid to thwart vandals after a series of mindless attacks.

Yobs have decimated 16 shelters in the south of the resort, in what are believed to be related incidents.

Anti vandal bus shelter

Anti vandal bus shelter

Now it is thought Blackpool Council may have to install sturdy metal mesh in the shelters to replace the panes of glass.

The affected shelters lie on Central Drive, Lytham Road, and Clifton Drive North and were targeted on the evening of Tuesday 28 August.

Coun Christian Cox represents the Squires Gate ward where many of the attacks have taken place.

He said: “A lot of bus shelters have been smashed to bits and we’ve not had any idea who has been doing it.

“It looks like it was a strategic campaign.”

Coun Cox has liaised with council officers on the issue and says the metal mesh may soon be the material of choice for shelters due to the fact it is more resilient than glass.

He added: “Apparently they do go down really well with the public.”

Coun Cox is looking into using some of his allocated ward budget to contribute towards the repairs.

Blackpool Council estimates £15,000 worth of damage has been done to shelters, which each contain eight separate panes of glass.

Coun Fred Jackson, cabinet member for streets and transport, said: “This is an appalling piece of vandalism to public property.

“We are working with the police to find the culprit who is responsible for this crime.

“In the meantime have made sure the bus stops have been cleaned and left in a safe state.

“We now have to look at ways to replace the glass.

“This money could have been much better spent to improve other bus shelters around Blackpool, but because of these criminal actions will have to be re-allocated towards fixing these stops.”

Lancashire Police confirmed 16 incidents of vandalism had been reported to them.

A spokeswoman said: “Enquiries are ongoing and we are checking CCTV coverage.”

Anyone with information should call 101.

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