Bricks hurled at motorists

POLICE said two motorists narrowly escaped death after vandals hurled house bricks on to vehicles travelling along the A14, causing the windscreens to smash.

POLICE said two motorists narrowly escaped death after vandals hurled house bricks on to vehicles travelling along the A14, causing the windscreens to smash.

The first incident was reported at 7.25pm last night by a lorry driver who was driving westbound along the A14 at the Whitehouse Interchange, near Ipswich.

A brick was thrown from a bridge over the road and the impact smashed the driver's cab windscreen. Miraculously, he was uninjured.

Police said the lorry driver discovered a pile of bricks close to the Asda bridge.


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Minutes later, at 7.37pm, police were called after another motorist reported being struck by an object while travelling westbound along the A14 at Sproughton. The windscreen of this vehicle was also smashed but the driver was uninjured.

It is the fourth time in the space of nine days such an incident has occurred.

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A spokesman for Suffolk police said: “These acts of mindless vandalism could have led to people dying on the roads.

“It's such a reckless act.

“We are taking this matter extremely seriously.”

Earlier this month, on Monday November 5, two other vehicles were attacked.

At around 7.30pm that day, a white Ford Transit van being driven westbound on the A14 in Ipswich near the Landmark building was struck by an object causing a small dent in the nearside door.

About 15 minutes later, a silver Subaru Impreza travelling along the A14 at Sproughton was also struck by an object, causing damage to the bonnet, bumper and vent.

Back in May police swooped on the West Meadows travellers' site in Bury Road on the outskirts of Ipswich following a series of incidents on the A14.

Several arrests were made during the operation, which was targeted those responsible for dropping objects from and over a bridge and firing objects on to the carriageway.

In 2003, Michael Little, from Hornchurch in Essex, died from heart failure after a brick thrown from a footbridge on the M3 went through his windscreen and hit him in the chest.

Anyone with information should call Suffolk police on 01473 613500 or call Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.

See tonight's Evening Star for a full report and reaction.

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