Vandals condemned for snowball attack

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MOTORISTS in North Yorkshire could have been killed when “mindless” vandals threw large balls of snow from a bridge.

A group of two or three people wearing hooded tops were seen on a bridge over the A19 at Knayton, on Saturday and Sunday (JAN 26 and 27), before the objects were dropped.

North Yorkshire Police said the falling objects caused the windscreen of one car to shatter, and badly dented the roof of another. The windscreens of two other vehicles were also hit, but not damaged.

PC Andrew Johnson, of Thirsk Safer Neighbourhood Team, said: “These were acts of utterly mindless stupidity. Throwing anything from bridges at passing cars has the potential to cause disastrous consequences. It is only through good luck that no one was seriously hurt or worse.

An RAC spokesman criticised those resposible for the incident, and said the consequences of their actions could have been fatal.

He said: “Dropping snowballs from bridges on to moving vehicles below is the height of stupidity and is extremely dangerous. Apart from the considerable damage that snow and ice can do to vehicles, it puts lives at risk. The distraction or fright could very easily lead to a collision that results in serious injury or even death.

“What may seem like just a bit of fun can have very serious, far-reaching consequences for those motorists unfortunate enough to be targeted. We hope the police find those responsible and that they are dealt with accordingly. The RAC understands people want to have fun in the snow but there is no excuse for this kind of stupidity.”

PC Johnson said: “The people who threw these balls of snow, which I believe would taken more than one person to lift, need to understand the potential dangers of their senseless actions.”

Anyone who can help police with their enquiries, or identify the people who threw the balls should contact police on 101, email andrew.johnson@northyorkshire.pnn.police.uk or phone Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555111.

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3:55pm Tue 29 Jan 13

Garrowby Turnoff says...

Attempted murder?
Attempted murder? Garrowby Turnoff
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5:23pm Tue 29 Jan 13

R'Marcus says...

Morons.
Morons. R'Marcus
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5:31pm Tue 29 Jan 13

expubcrawler says...

R'Marcus wrote:
Morons.
Ditto!
[quote][p][bold]R'Marcus[/bold] wrote: Morons.[/p][/quote]Ditto! expubcrawler
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8:33pm Tue 29 Jan 13

Paul Meoff says...

Idiotic behaviour. Interesting however that when someone suggests tacks and drawing pins on the route of the Tour de France it is considered funny by equivalent morons.
Idiotic behaviour. Interesting however that when someone suggests tacks and drawing pins on the route of the Tour de France it is considered funny by equivalent morons. Paul Meoff
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11:24pm Tue 29 Jan 13

Omega Point says...

"The people who threw these balls of snow, which I believe would taken more than one person to lift"

Grief, how big were they.
"The people who threw these balls of snow, which I believe would taken more than one person to lift" Grief, how big were they. Omega Point
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8:01am Wed 30 Jan 13

MrsHoney says...

Big enough to shatter a car windscreen. They really should bring in some sort of bootcamp for young people to straighten them out, you hear too many stories of idiotic dangerous things that they do.
Big enough to shatter a car windscreen. They really should bring in some sort of bootcamp for young people to straighten them out, you hear too many stories of idiotic dangerous things that they do. MrsHoney
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1:56am Thu 31 Jan 13

Magicman! says...

Just brainless chav kids doing the only thing they know how to do: wreck things. As they don't pay attention in class they don't learn anything and so in their spare time all they can think to do so as to not 'be bored' is go out and smash things or throw things. Perhaps a work camp is the way to go....
Just brainless chav kids doing the only thing they know how to do: wreck things. As they don't pay attention in class they don't learn anything and so in their spare time all they can think to do so as to not 'be bored' is go out and smash things or throw things. Perhaps a work camp is the way to go.... Magicman!
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