Thugs smash window of a coach carrying war veterans

CALLOUS thugs smashed the window of a coach carrying war veterans who had enjoyed remembrance weekend in the capital.

War heroes of the past were left “shocked and shaken” after the incident which smashed the outer layer of a window panel at the front of the coach.

None of the veterans or the driver were injured.

Style Travel, based in Horden, had organised the trip for veterans to visit London and pay their respects to fellow past and present members of the Armed Forces.

The driver of the coach was making his final drop-offs when the shocking incident took place, in Deaf Hill at around 9.15pm on Sunday.

He told the police that he had seen a group of youths running away from the scene. Marie Grufferty, who owns the company along with her brother Joe, said: “The incident has marred what was an otherwise fantastic weekend.

“It’s disrespectful and it’s dangerous.

“Some of the veterans had already been dropped off at home, but some were still on the coach.

“They were shocked and shaken.

“We are just thankful that nobody was injured.”

A Durham Police spokesman said: “The incident has been reported and inquiries are underway.

“The driver of the coach reported seeing a group of youths running off from the location.”

Anyone with any information is urged to ring Durham Police on 0345 6060365 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.