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Youths attacking buses targeted

Plainclothes police will travel on a specially-adapted bus to catch youths throwing stones in Nottingham over the Christmas period.

Attacks on buses have dropped by almost 100% in the past three years since the introduction of the "Trojan bus" operation, according to officials.

In 2006, 193 incidents were recorded, compared with 105 in 2009.

Nottingham City Transport said smashed windows were costing hundreds of thousands of pounds and risking lives.

'Reassure passengers'

The bus is also kitted out with high quality CCTV cameras and the operation, run during school holidays, also involves an unmarked police car following behind the specially-adapted bus.

Insp Leona Scurr said: "The aim of the operation is to target antisocial behaviour by young people against public transport and to reassure passengers as well as the drivers.

"We regularly repeat this operation and the beauty of the Trojan bus is that it looks like any other service bus and so you never know when it is out and about."

Nicola Tidy, of Nottingham City Transport, said: "We are delighted with the results of this campaign and have seen the numbers almost halved of smashed bus windows."



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