Concern over fresh A14 bridge attack

POLICE are hunting two children who threw an object off an A14 bridge at a car passing below.Officers are appealing to members of the public who may have seen the youngsters - who both appeared to be around 11-years-old - fleeing after the incident.

By Richard Cornwell

POLICE are hunting two children who threw an object off an A14 bridge at a car passing below.

Officers are appealing to members of the public who may have seen the youngsters - who both appeared to be around 11-years-old - fleeing after the incident.

It is the latest in a series of incidents in which items have been thrown off bridges over the dual carriageway and warnings have been sounded that someone could be killed.

Police said the incident happened on the A14 Port of Felixstowe Road between the dock spur and Dock Gate One.

A 73-year-old man was driving his red Nissan car along the road about 4pm on Sunday November 25 towards the dock spur roundabout.

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As he passed under a bridge an unknown object was thrown which struck the windscreen of the car.

The driver managed to keep control of the vehicle although he was “very shaken”.

Two youths were seen getting onto pedal cycles and riding off towards Trimley St Mary.

A police spokeswoman said no damage was caused to the vehicle and the 73-year-old was not hurt, but officers needed to trace the children involved.

Anyone with information about the youths or the incident is asked to call Felixstowe police on 01473 613500.

Other recent incidents have taken place on the A14 at Sproughton where bricks have been thrown at vehicles - a trucker had his cab windscreen smashed but he escaped uninjured, and a car driver's windscreen was also smashed and he too had a lucky escape.

A fortnight earlier there were two similar attacks.

Two teenagers were arrested in connection with some of the incidents.

Police are working with Ipswich Borough Council, Suffolk County Council and the Highways Agency to tackle the issue.

This includes carrying out work on the carriageway by erecting barriers and cutting back verges through to educating youngsters on the effect of such actions.

Are you a victim of the recent spate of brick-throwing incidents? Contact The Evening Star newsdesk on 01473 324788 or e-mail starnews@eveningstar

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