Missiles could cause fatal road crash

IPSWICH: A fatal accident could be caused if vandals continue to throw missiles at cars, police claimed today.

IPSWICH: A fatal accident could be caused if vandals continue to throw missiles at cars, police claimed today.

The fresh warning comes after a brick was hurled from a footbridge on the A14 in Ipswich, causing damage to a passing car.

The incident happened at about 9.30am on Tuesday when a 22-year-old woman was driving along the Bury-bound carriageway at the Whitehouse interchange.

The brick, thrown from the footbridge, hit her silver VW Golf and caused damage to the front windscreen. She was shaken but not injured.

Over the last couple of years there have been several similar incidents in the area, prompting police to take action.

In April 2007 two people were shaken when the Ford Focus in which they were travelling was struck by a brick. The windscreen was smashed and the driver lost control, veered off the road and smashed into the embankment.

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A Suffolk Police spokeswoman said: “People who throw missiles at cars on busy roads could cause a fatal accident.

“There is a real concern that somebody will be seriously hurt or even killed following one of these throwing incidents. It is pure stupidity.

“The local Safer Neighbourhood Team are aware of the problem and are engaging with partners in an attempt to prevent further incidents.

“The situation will be closely monitored and any forensic opportunities will be maximised.”

If you can help police with their enquiries, call Ipswich Police on 01473 613500 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.

Have you experienced an incident like this? Write to Your Letters, Evening Star, 30 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich, IP4 1AN, or e-mail eveningstarletters@eveningstar.co.uk.