Two arrests for causing danger to road users
22 Mar 2016 09:30 AM[View Full Size]
Two 12-year-old boys have been arrested for causing a danger to road users.
On Friday, March 11, a vehicle was damaged after a brick was thrown from a footbridge on to Washington Highway - near to the roundabout with the A1231 and the A1 Southbound towards Birtley.
The driver was not injured but the car was damaged in the incident.
The boys have been released on police bail.
Acting Neighbourhood Inspector Les Goodliff said: "Throwing objects onto busy roads is reckless and incredibly dangerous and it is only pure chance that noone was injured in this incident.
"Youths may think it is a bit of fun but they need to be aware of the danger they are causing - had the driver of this vehicle lost control of the vehicle it could've caused a serious - or even fatal - collision on a busy road.
"We are working with local schools to ensure pupils are educated around the dangers of this behaviour, however, are mindful of the fact the school holidays are approaching and young people may be hanging around outdoors more - we would urge parents to make sure they know where their children are and what they are doing.
"If anyone has information that can help in our enquiries into this incident we would encourage them to come forward and pass this on to us."
Anyone with information should ring Northumbria Police on 101 quoting reference 7171 110316 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.