A 'disturbing amount' of vandalism' has been reported on buses transporting children to school on Portland.

Bluebird Coaches, which runs services to Atlantic Academy, says some of the young passengers 'are completely out of control' and the amount of damage is 'atrocious'.

Arm rests have been ripped out from vehicles and tray tables torn from the backs of seats (pictures from Dorset Council below).

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It is said some children are refusing to put their seatbelts on and distracting drivers.

The buses, which are contracted by Dorset Council, transport children to the academy from Wyke Regis and Portland.

Dorset Council, the Academy and Bluebird have now spoken out about the vandalism.

Attempts will be made to identify the children responsible and inform their parents while CCTV cameras look set to be installed on the buses. Children could be banned from the buses if they fail to behave.

The damage comes just a few weeks into the new school term.

A spokesman for Bluebird Coaches said: “Our priority is always the children’s safety and our drivers’ welfare at all times.

"The children not sitting down with their seatbelts on when requested is causing a distraction for our drivers.

“The level of damage on these school coaches is atrocious. Some children are completely out of control.

“We are installing CCTV into the coaches and with the help of the academy and council we will identify the culprits.”

A spokesman for Atlantic Academy, said: “ We expect our pupils to behave with good manners, respect and courtesy. This will involve them being calm, patient, considerate of other users of the bus and positive representation of Atlantic Academy.”

Once identified, parents will be contacted to try and resolve the problematic behaviour. If this is not successful, they could be banned from using the bus for a short time or permanently. Parents will be charged for the damage their children have caused.

Cllr Ray Bryan, Dorset Council’s portfolio holder for Highways, travel and environment, said: “The children who are damaging the bus are putting themselves and other travellers in danger.

"As soon as they take their seats every child should put on their seat belt so in the event of a traffic incident they stay in their seats. If not secured and something happens that child can cause injury to themselves and others.”

A guide on how to be safe on the bus will be distributed to all parents of children on the buses concerned. This information can also be found online at dorsetcouncil.gov.uk/school-transport/