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By Fiona Reid
Annan and Eskdale
School bus belts vandalised

PUPILS are being blamed for vandalism to a Langholm school bus.

Bus company Andersons of Langholm contacted police after discovering deliberate damage to three seatbelts on one of their coaches.
Sgt Steven Wilson of Police Scotland said: “They believe pupils from Langholm Academy have cut three lap belt seatbelts on the bus used to take them to and from the school.”
The damage is believed to total hundreds of pounds.
Two seatbelts have had small cuts to the strengthener, and one has been cut partway through the webbing – rendering all three seatbelts unusable.
Sgt Wilson said: “Langholm Academy have already been made aware of the damage and enquiries are ongoing to see if we can identify who is responsible.
“Needless to say, the seatbelts are there for a reason. It’s a bus that’s used for school runs, and somebody has taken it upon themselves to destroy three of the seatbelts.”
He added: “They may think that’s a laugh and a joke, but it’s not.
“It costs a lot of money for the bus company to replace them, and it may well have led to the bus being withdrawn from service because it may not have had the appropriate number of safety seatbelts to carry the passengers.”
The damage was caused some time between 6.50 am on September 19 and 9.10 am on September 22.
Anybody who was on the bus or who has information about the damage is urged to contact Police Scotland or any local officer.

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