Driver blasts 'mindless' children

A FURIOUS 21-year-old man has blasted “mindless” children who he says could have killed him after they lobbed a brick at the windscreen of his car while he drove along a busy main road.

A FURIOUS 21-year-old man has blasted “mindless” children who he says could have killed him after they lobbed a brick at the windscreen of his car while he drove along a busy main road.

Keith Snowdon was left both shaken and angry following the incident on the A14 near Bury St Edmunds – but said yesterday he felt extremely lucky the consequences had not been much worse.

Mr Snowdon, from Thetford, had just passed the footbridge near the Moreton Hall junction when he heard a bang as the brick was thrown from above. His windscreen shattered immediately, with the brick then bouncing off the bonnet of his car, but the 21-year-old escaped injury from flying glass.

Looking in his rear view mirror, he saw a group of around six children – whose behaviour he has since described as irresponsible and lacking in common sense – running from the bridge.


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“It was a shock more than anything, as the brick came out of nowhere while I was doing 70mph down the dual carriageway,” said Mr Snowdon, who works as a digital printer.

“The whole thing shook me up a lot, and has left me really angry. But I consider myself very lucky, as the consequences of this could have been a lot worse.

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“I cannot understand the mentality of people who do this kind of thing. It is not entertaining, it is not funny, and the only thing which will happen from this type of behaviour is that someone will get injured or killed.”

Tuesday's incident happened just three months after Surrey Police launched a murder investigation following the death of lorry driver Michael Little.

Mr Little, 53, was killed when a brick thrown at his vehicle flew through the windscreen and hit him in the face as he drove along the M3 on Surrey's border with Hampshire.

And Suffolk Police have now urged parents to warn their children about the dangers of throwing objects at cars, while launching an appeal for information following the incident.

Pc Maggie Dunn said: “I cannot over emphasise just how dangerous such behaviour can be. This man was extremely lucky that the youngsters' actions did not cause him to have a serious accident.

“In a similar case outside of Suffolk, police have launched a murder investigation after an object was thrown at a passing vehicle resulting in the death of the driver.

“I would urge anyone with children to talk to them and explain how dangerous such actions can be.”

Witnesses to the incident, which happened at around 5.15pm, should contact Suffolk Police on 01284 774100.

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