A mum has spoken of her shock after yobs hurled a metal bolt at a minibus carrying disabled youngsters, shattering a window just inches from her son’s head.

Joanne Senior, 38, of Golcar, said had the missile hit the windscreen the prank could have ended in tragedy.

The quick-thinking driver leapt from his cab and chased two youths – both wearing school uniforms – but couldn’t catch them.

Joanne, whose seven-year-old son Charlie escaped injury, said: “The consequences don’t bear thinking about.

“To throw something like this at any vehicle is bad enough but this is a minibus which obviously has disabled children on board. The bus could have crashed.”

The Mercedes Sprinter minibus, operated by Kirklees Council’s schools transport, was taking five children home from Castle Hill School at Newsome at about 3.30pm on Monday.

It was coming down Lockwood Scar, Newsome, when one of the two youths threw the bolt at the bus.

It shattered a window close to Charlie’s head, showering him with fragments of glass.

The window, an emergency exit, remained mostly intact until the bus got back to the depot where the glass fell in.

Charlie has cerebral palsy and is blind and Joanne said: “He understood what had happened when we explained it to him. He can’t see but heard the noise and kept repeating what it sounded like.

Charlie Senior with his mum Joanne
Charlie Senior with his mum Joanne
 

“Charlie wasn’t too fazed by it but the escort on the bus was shaking when they arrived.

“The bus was 10 or 15 minutes late and I was outside waiting. I was starting to get worried.”

The driver of the bus told how he saw the two youths standing near Barcroft Road. As the bus approached one of the youths, wearing a cream coloured coat, threw the missile.

“The bolt or whatever it was made a bullet hole in the window and the glass shattered like a spider’s web,” he said.

“It’s a good job the vehicle is a former ambulance and had safety glass. The bolt hit the window just six inches from Charlie’s face. He could have been seriously hurt. He’s been very lucky.”

The driver said he stopped as soon as he could and chased after the youths but they got away. He drove around for 10 minutes but couldn’t find them.

The bolt hasn’t been found and he added: “I wish I’d gone back for it but I wanted to catch the lads.”

The window will cost £400 to repair and the bus was taken off the road.

PC Brian Richardson, of Huddersfield police, said: "Throwing anything at a vehicle can be very dangerous and puts the lives of drivers, passengers and other people on the road or in the area at risk.

"The two suspects were in identifiable school uniform and we will be liaising with that school to try and find out who was responsible and to reinforce this safety message.

"At this stage there is no evidence to indicate that this incident was targeted at a specific school or pupil."

Anyone with information should ring police on 101.

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