Teen charged over bus vandalism

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A teenager has been charged as investigations continue into the destruction of a school bus in Maitland last week.

Officers attached to the Port Stephens Proactive Crime Team commenced an investigation following reports of damage to a bus at Maitland Christian School, on Chelmsford Drive, Metford.

Police will allege a group of youths were seen on CCTV to scale a security fence at about 8pm before approaching the bus, which was locked and parked on the premises.

Police say the group broke into the bus, causing extensive damage, estimated to be in excess of $30,000, by allegedly smashing the dashboard and windows with the vehicle’s emergency hammer, and releasing the contents of a fire extinguisher.

Following inquires, a 13-year-old boy was arrested at a Metford home at 4.30pm yesterday.

He was taken to Maitland Police Station and charged with 11 offences.

He was granted conditional bail to appear at a children’s court on Wednesday 16 December.