Guernsey bus safety 'top priority' claim after vandalism

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The safety of bus passengers is a top priority, Guernsey's bus operator has said, after a man was sentenced for damaging a ticket machine in a vehicle.

The 31-year old man was ordered to do 60 hours of community service and fined £1,450 this week for destroying the machine on a night bus during a drunken argument over fares in December.

Lee Murphy, from CT Plus, said the firm had measures in place to ensure safety.

They included CCTV and specially selected staff, he said.

Interim operations manager Mr Murphy said the vandalism attack was an "incredibly isolated event" which "came out of nowhere".

He said: "In terms of drivers, we have the right guys with the right personalities to deal with this. We also have a controller at the terminus.

"If anything happens on any vehicle, we are there within minutes."

The vandal admitted committing criminal damage.

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