Police in the Bideford area are warning of the dangers involved in throwing stones at moving vehicles . They are increasing patrols in an attempt to stamp out the practice. The driver of a double-decker bus was driving through Instow at around 2.30pm o

Police in the Bideford area are warning of the dangers involved in throwing stones at moving vehicles . They are increasing patrols in an attempt to stamp out the practice.The driver of a double-decker bus was driving through Instow at around 2.30pm on Tuesday when he saw a group of youths.A short time later he heard a loud bang and stopped his vehicle. When he checked on the top deck he found that the front window and the second back window had been smashed with rocks, causing £400 damage.PC Terry Hodgson said: "Throwing anything at a moving vehicle may seem like just a prank, but apart from criminal damage it is an extremely dangerous offence."Drivers can - and have been - killed by such 'pranks' and the resulting culprits face significant jail terms for manslaughter."We are appealing to the wider community to pull together if they have any information and let us know who is behind these incidents."PC Hodgson said that increased police patrols will now be put in place in the area, and that members of the community are asked to note descriptions and report any suspicious activity promptly.