Warning after bricks thrown at cars

MOTORISTS using the A14 near Ipswich are being warned to be vigilant today after it emerged two separate motorists have been the victims of dangerous “brick throwing” incidents.

MOTORISTS using the A14 near Ipswich are being warned to be vigilant today after it emerged two separate motorists have been the victims of dangerous “brick throwing” incidents.

As reported in The Evening Star last week, a couple in their 50s were left shaken when the car they were in crashed after being hit by a paving slab hurled from a bridge near the Asda turnoff in Ipswich.

It has now emerged that a further car - carrying a 27-year-old Ipswich man and his pregnant girlfriend - was targeted by who police believe to be the same person or people.

Police are urging motorists to get in touch if they see anything untoward in the area.

A spokeswoman for Suffolk police said: “We would urge drivers travelling on the A14 to report any suspicious activity in this part of Ipswich as a priority, dialling 999 if necessary.”

The latest incident, which happened at around 11pm on Saturday April 14, involved a brick being thrown at a car leaving the dual carriageway at the Asda turnoff.

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Mark Webb, 27, of Thackeray Road, Whitton, said the brick was thrown sideways from bushes and dented the passenger door just a few inches from where his four-month pregnant girlfriend Sue-zann Wright, 18, was sitting.

Mr Webb said: “Both me and my girlfriend were shaken up.

“Who knows what could have happened.

“It would have been pretty much guaranteed to kill someone if it had gone through the window.”

During the first reported incident, which happened at around 1am on Saturday April 14, the driver of a Ford Focus was struck by the slab as it smashed through the side window of his Ford Focus.

The driver, 57-year-old Philip from Bury St Edmunds, suffered a gashed neck and lost control of the car.

The vehicle ended up embedded in trees off the A14 westbound carriageway near Whitehouse, Ipswich.

Anyone with information on the incident is asked to contact Pc Danny Ormes at the road policing unit in Martlesham on 01473 324788.

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THREE Ipswich teenagers have been thanked for coming to the aid of the Bury St Edmunds couple whose car crashed after a slab was thrown from a bridge on the A14.

Philip, 57, and his partner Linda were helped by Daniel Cunningham, Daniel Parnell and England football star Kieron Dyer's sister Kirsha.

The trio spotted the accident as they passed the scene and doubled back on their route to make sure the couple were alright.

Philip and Linda said: “We would like to publicly thank the three young people who cared enough to turn back in the middle of the night and help us.

“The fact that we were not alone in this situation was very comforting at a time of such stress.

“We would also like to publicly thank and praise the paramedics and other emergency services who attended the scene for their wonderful skill and care.

“Also we need to mention the accident and emergency team at Ipswich hospital who tended to us with such thoughtfulness and efficiency.

“Thank you also to all the nursing staff on Saxmundham ward for making our involuntary stay there as comfortable as possible.”

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