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Police appeal for witnesses after bridge attack on lorry

  • 23 February 2012
  • By Chris Tindall

Police in Suffolk are appealing for witnesses to an incident in which an object was thrown from a bridge shattering the window of an articulated lorry on the A14.

The incident, on Friday 17 February, comes just a month after officers identified and formally interviewed two eight-year-old boys in relation to stones being thrown resulting in damage to 13 vehicles, including an ambulance.

In the latest incident police were called at around 3.45pm following a report of a lorry being struck by an unknown item on the westbound carriageway of the A14, 1.5 miles from Junction 42 near Bury St Edmunds.

The object struck the driver’s side door window, smashing the glass. The driver was uninjured and was able to stop in a nearby layby.

Despite police units – including a helicopter – being dispatched the culprits were not found.

Commenting on the previous attack and subsequent interviews, Detective Superintendent Stuart Sedgwick says: “We were shocked to discover that the incidents in Trimley St Mary on 15 December had been committed by boys of such a young age.

“We are confident that these two were responsible for the reported incidents from that day and we will now be working with the boys, their parents and the youth offending service to ensure the boys are educated about the dangers and consequences of their actions.”

Suffolk police recently released figures showing that there were 28 reports of missile attacks on vehicles during 2011, with 15 of these thrown from bridges.

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