From Portsmouth Evening News, http://www.portsmouthtoday.co.uk/ViewArticle2.aspx?SectionID=680&ArticleID=1874947
Police are searching for a bus thief after a double decker was stolen and driven away, damaging railway crossing barriers.
The Solent Blue Line bus, which was taking rail passengers between Portsmouth and Chichester at the weekend, had been parked in High Street, Cosham.
While the driver was on a break he saw his vehicle being driven away up High Street.
The barriers of the rail crossing were coming down at the time and both bus and barriers were damaged in the collision.
The bus was then driven south down Portsmouth Road before turning right into the bus park, eventually stopping on a slip road where the thief made his escape.
Phil Stockley, area director for the bus company, said: 'It is unusual that this bus had a key start as most of them need to be started by pressing a series of buttons.
'It appears this bus was started with the key and we are carrying out an internal investigation into what happened. It's very unusual for this sort of thing to happen and it's massively dangerous. Drivers get specialist training before they are allowed to drive a bus unsupervised.'
Traffic was delayed all day on Saturday as Network Rail engineers worked to repair the barrier.
Trains travelling on the area of track were talked through instead of relying on signals, and also travelled at a slower speed.
Anyone with information should contact Cosham Police on 0845 045 4545 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.