Police warn thugs after car vandalism

POLICE today issued a strong warning to thugs who throw objects at moving vehicles that they could cause a “catastrophic” accident.

POLICE today issued a strong warning to thugs who throw objects at moving vehicles that they could cause a “catastrophic” accident.

The strong message comes after two similar incidents took place on the A14 on Monday, which has caused concern for police who had to deal with a spate of similar incidents in April.

At around 7.30pm on Monday, 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.


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A Suffolk Police spokeswoman said: “We could have had a catastrophic incident. If a driver looses control of a vehicle there is considerable potential for loss of life and certainly serious injury.

“We are committed to eliminating these offences and identifying offenders. We urge anyone with information about these crimes to contact Sgt Matt Connick in the North West Ipswich Safer Neighbourhood Team on 01473 613500 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.”

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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.

Have you ever been in the driving seat when incidents like these have taken place? Write to Your Letters, Evening Star, 30 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich, IP4 1AN, or e-mail eveningstarletters@eveningstar.co.uk.

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