Seven teenagers between 16 and 19 have been arrested at a bus stop on Orpington High Street, for violent disorder and assault. No knives, no mugging, no robbing, sexual assault or demands for “respect” were involved; this was the scene of a bus being simply too full with passengers to allow any more to board on Tuesday afternoon.
About 40 teenagers were left behind when the no. 51 bus tried to pull away, with a 25 year old PCSO aboard to stop the surging crowd holding up the bus. The PCSO had to call for police and suffered a cut to his face when the bus was attacked by the angry crowd who kicked front and back doors and pulled open the emergency exit. Later, when finally arriving home very late for their teas many of them also received major nagging and harrassment about homework. Cases of witheld pocket money have not been confirmed.
Buses are not Tardis-lilke vehicles that are bigger on the inside than they look on the outside – if the bus is full, it is full. Some people succumb to the belief that there is room for just one more person, and that person is them. But when there’s 40 people all making that same assumption, that’s basically a formula for “NO ONE is getting on this bus and EVERYBODY must suffer.” Not a helpful result, as this unpleasant bus stop scene proves.