Police have ramped-up patrols on a busy north Manchester bus route to crack down on ‘youths’ throwing stones at drivers.

There has been ‘repeat damage’ to buses on Charlestown Road over the weekend following the spate of vandalism, Greater Manchester Police said.

Officers are said to be investigating ‘acts of vandalism’ along the busy main road.

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One local councillor says the 118/119 bus service was temporarily suspended along Charlestown Road last week, with buses diverted via Victoria Avenue, after a “series of incidents that put passengers and drivers at risk”.

“The bus route is running as normal now, but an investigation is in progress to identify the culprit(s),” she wrote on Facebook.

“As local councillors, Basil, Veronica and I strongly condemn the assaults that occurred. No bus driver should be put at risk for simply doing their job, and passengers should always feel safe travelling by bus.

Police say officers have patrolled the Charlestown Road bus routes due to 'repeat damage' to buses from youths throwing stones

“The 118/119 bus route is a life-line for many people, as they needed to travel to work, education, shopping and medical appointments.

“It is incredibly selfish to put this at risk for the sake of mindless anti-social behaviour.

“We support Stagecoach supervisors in taking the decision to keep passengers and drivers safe, but we are very glad to see the bus route running as normal again now.

“Stagecoach are working with GMP to identify the culprit(s), and myself, Basil and Veronica are supporting and assisting where necessary.”

Tweets shared on the GMP Higher Blackley and Charlestown account also warned of stones being thrown at drivers.

On Sunday night officers wrote: “#TransportUnit officers have patrolled the Charlestown Road Bus routes this weekend due to repeat damage to buses from youths throwing stones at drivers windows.

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“Any information can be given in confidence online or crimestoppers 0800 555111.”

And: “#TransportUnit continue investigations into acts of vandalism along Charlestown Road. Where are your kids tonight?

“someone's little darlings think it's funny to throw rocks at passing buses endangering driver and passengers any info crimestoppers”

Anyone with information about the incidents is asked to call 101, or report anonymously to Crimestoppers, on 0800 555 111

The M.E.N has contacted Stagecoach for comment.