Suffolk: Police step up bridge patrols after another missile is launched into traffic on the A14 in Suffolk

Detectives are today investigating ANOTHER A14 missile attack, after vandals lobbed a glass bottle into the path of oncoming traffic.

Police are appealing for witnesses after two men were spotted throwing the object from a bridge over the carriageway at Haughley, near Stowmarket yesterday.

Officers were called to the scene at around 3.40pm after reports of two young white males, with short hair, hurling a bottle over the side of the bridge.

Nobody was hit or injured as a result of the incident. However, police have asked for anyone who was in the area at the time, and may have seen two people acting suspiciously, to contact them.

It is the ninth time that debris has been thrown from a bridge over the A14 and A12 and it comes as police in Suffolk step up patrols along the affected routes.


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New figures from Suffolk police reveal 22 motorists have been hit by debris, hurled from vantage points over the main routes.

Officers investigating have identified eight bridges, out of 32 on the A12 and A14 in Suffolk, as being high risk. A Suffolk police spokesman said patrols would be stepped up near those sites.

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An ambulance and lorry were two of four vehicles targeted when rocks were thrown on to the carriageway in Trimley St Mary during December.

Condemning the offenders at the time, Suffolk County Councillor for the area, John Goodwin, urged officers to come down hard on those responsible.

He said: “To police, if you catch them, hit them as hard as you can. Next time someone could die.

“Somebody’s gone and chucked something off a bridge and that is unforgivable.”

Today Suffolk Constabulary will begin to put posters on bridges across the county bearing the message: “Spot anything suspicious? Call 999,” as well as a bridge reference number.

Chief superintendent David Skevington said: “Fortunately, no one has been injured in these incidents.

“But it goes without saying that throwing anything from a bridge on to a busy road has the potential to result in serious injury – or even death.” If you have any information about suspicious activity on bridges, please contact Suffolk police on 101.

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