Further warning after stone thrown from bridge

07 Apr 2016 15:30 PM

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Police are continuing to warn youths throwing objects from bridges they are putting people's lives at risk.

The warning comes after a windscreen was cracked after a stone was thrown from a bridge on the A19 on Tuesday evening.

The driver was not injured in the incident and no other vehicles were involved.

Last month two 12-year-old boys were arrested on suspicion of causing a danger to road users after a similar incident on Washington Highway and police have previously issued warnings to youths around the dangers.

Now, police are urging parents to help and make sure their children are not involved in this type of behaviour.

Houghton Acting Neighbourhood Inspector Les Goodliff said: "It is only a matter of time before someone gets seriously injured by this foolish behaviour. These are busy roads that are being hit with a lot of traffic on them and many vehicles travelling at speed. It is only pure chance that the drivers of the vehicles that have been hit so far have not veered out of control or that there hasn't been a serious collision and people injured.

"We know it is youths who are responsible and are asking parents to help get the message across to them that this behaviour is dangerous and putting people's lives at risk. We'd ask any parents to please make sure their child is not involved."

Anyone with information about Tuesday's incident is asked to contact Northumbria Police on 101 quoting reference 717 050416 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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