Warning after objects thrown onto the A1

20 Jul 2016 15:31 PM

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Police are warning youths who are throwing objects from bridges onto the A1 that they could kill.

The message comes after two incidents in the last week where the lives of drivers were put at risk by the actions of mindless youths in Newcastle.

Around 7:30pm on Wednesday, July 14, two youths were seen dangling a length of hosepipe from the flyover between Westerhope and Blakelaw. The hosepipe reached the carriageway and was dragged across the lanes of traffic.

Thankfully due to the time of day and traffic being lighter then it did not cause any collisions however it did cause drivers to swerve to avoid it.

On Sunday evening, July 17, an unknown object was again thrown from the Westerhope and Blakelaw bridge. It hit and damaged the windscreen of a car that was travelling southbound.

Thankfully the driver was able to pull over safely. Officers are carrying out enquiries into the incidents and appealing for witnesses.

Newcastle Inspector Karen Murray said: "I struggle to understand how anyone, of any age, can think it is a good idea to throw things onto a busy motorway. The potential consequences are huge and it could end up killing a person or even people. We are carrying out plain clothed patrols in the areas near to the foot bridges to try and catch who ever is doing this and put a stop to it.

"We are also looking at getting CCTV cameras installed in the areas around the bridges so we can get images of those responsible and take action. If anyone sees or knows anyone who is doing this then please report it to us straight away.

"The youths involved might see this as some kind of game, but I assure you it isn't. What they are doing could end up killing someone and we will not stand-by and allow it to happen."

Any witnesses to the incidents  should contact Northumbria Police on 101 ext 69191 quoting reference 1037 140716 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.


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