Warning issued to people throwing objects from bridges

A train had its windscreen smashed by a sandbag thrown from a bridge near Wellingborough earlier this year
A train had its windscreen smashed by a sandbag thrown from a bridge near Wellingborough earlier this year

People who think that throwing stones off bridges onto vehicles travelling below is fun have been warned they could end up killing motorists and face spending a significant amount of time in prison.

In recent years, a number of main roads in Northamptonshire have suffered problems with youths throwing stones from bridges.

In 2008, a lorry driver died after a teenager pushed a breezeblock off a bridge over the A45. The lorry driver was killed instantly and the youth pleaded guilty to manslaughter.

Despite this horrific death, groups of youths are still throwing bricks and stones onto the county’s dual carriageways – with the A45 a particular problem area.

Just last week, two vehicles had their windows smashed after large stones were thrown at them as they travelled along the A45 near the Riverside Retail Park.

Chief Inspector Dave Lawson said: “Following the death of a lorry driver in 2008, you would think this kind of behaviour would have come to an end.

“Sadly that is not the case and some people continue to endanger the lives of motorists by throwing items from bridges in the county.

“But they need to know that they don’t just run the risk of killing innocent drivers, they also risk ruining their own lives by ending up in prison.

“Both youngsters and their parents need to get the message that we will not tolerate this kind of behaviour and those who continue to break the law by throwing objects from the county’s bridges will be taken to court and face substantial charges.”

When the force receives reports of objects being thrown from bridges onto roads, officers are immediately dispatched to the scene to catch the culprits.

Anyone who has any information about people who thrown objects from bridges can call Northamptonshire Police on 101. Alternatively, information can be given anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.