Kowloon Motor Bus Co. (KMB) has told police that some seats of its double-decker buses were found to have been slashed over the past two days, the Hong Kong Economic Journal reports.
This comes as police are still looking for the culprits behind the needles found sticking out of some seats of KMB buses, which caused injuries to several passengers.
According to the bus operator, at least seven of its buses, including three on Monday, were found to have some of their seats slashed.
The latest incidents of seat slashing were listed as criminal damage for the time being. No one has been arrested yet.
At about 5 a.m. Monday, a KMB driver, while doing a routine check of his route 101 bus at the Kwun Tong (Yue Man Square) Bus Terminus, noticed that three of the seats had been cut open.
Later, at 2 p.m., another KMB driver, of a route 118 bus, found that an upper-deck seat on the left side of the bus had sustained a 19-centimeter cut after arriving at Cheung Sha Wan (Sham Mong Road) Bus Terminus from Siu Sai Wan (Island Resort).
The third seat-slashing incident was reported at about 11:30 p.m. by a driver of a route 2X bus after it arrived at Choi Fook Estate Bus Terminus in Ngau Tau Kok from Mei Foo Bus Terminus.
Four similar incidents were reported on Sunday, on KMB buses for routes 17, 101, 44 and 238M, involving 11 seats in total.
Responding to media inquiries, a KMB spokesman said the company is highly concerned about the recent cases of vandalism involving its buses, which undermine the safety of passengers, adding that it will fully assist the police in the investigation.
While stressing that KMB bus drivers have been instructed to enhance on-bus checks, the spokesman also called on passengers to take a look at the seat they choose before sitting on it and to watch out for suspicious objects and people aboard.
Separately, another needle was found sticking out of a seat on a route 59M KMB bus from Tsuen Wan to Tuen Mun on Saturday. No one was injured.
It came after two female passengers were poked by a needle on separate buses on Wednesday.
As of Tuesday morning, another needle was found sticking out of a seat at the lower deck of a KMB bus route 46 at the Lai Yiu Bus Terminus, according to HKEJ. The bus travels from Lai Yiu in Kwai Chung to To Wah Road in Jordan.
Nobody was injured. This was the sixth incident of its kind in seven days.
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