The Isle of Wight's bus firm has condemned graffiti daubed on its bus stops, labelling it "vandalism".

Southern Vectis told the County Press it is "extremely disappointing" for both the company, and its customers.

As the County Press first reported, graffiti tags appeared across parts of the Isle of Wight overnight on Tuesday (12).

Fairlee Road, Wootton and Fishbourne were among the areas targeted, with drivers noticing the graffiti yesterday morning (Wednesday).

Read more: Isle of Wight bus stops and signs targeted by graffiti

Bus stops, walls, fences and signs were daubed with a star shape with the number 4 and the phrase, 22 Crew.  

A joint statement, issued by Island Roads and the Isle of Wight Council, confirmed they are aware of the graffiti and are assessing the type of clean-up required.

They said they hope to have the graffiti removed as soon as possible.

Now, Southern Vectis, has issued a statement criticising the "vandalism".

Simon Moye, operations manager, said: "This act of vandalism is extremely disappointing - for us and, I'm sure, for our customers. 

"The graffiti has been reported to Island Roads, who are responsible for the bus stops on behalf of Isle of Wight Council, and they will take appropriate action.”

Hampshire and Isle of Wight Constabulary said the matter has not been reported.