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Ambulance among further seven vehicles targeted with bricks and stones

PUBLISHED: 16:34 12 June 2019 | UPDATED: 17:42 12 June 2019

More incidents have been reported to police as a number of vehicles are damaged by stones and bricks on the Suffolk-Norfolk border. Picture: David Thompson

More incidents have been reported to police as a number of vehicles are damaged by stones and bricks on the Suffolk-Norfolk border. Picture: David Thompson

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Several vehicles including a private ambulance have been damaged as drivers continue to be targeted with bricks and stones on major roads.

The shattered windscreen and damage to the roof of Gemma Wiles' Skoda car after being struck by an object on the A143 between Harleston and Diss. Picture: Gemma WilesThe shattered windscreen and damage to the roof of Gemma Wiles' Skoda car after being struck by an object on the A143 between Harleston and Diss. Picture: Gemma Wiles

Police have received a further seven reports of vehicles being damaged, with motorists affected as they drove along roads including the A146, A143 and the B1062.

Almost 50 cars have been targeted or damaged since police received the first report on Friday, May 24, along roads in various towns and villages near the Suffolk-Norfolk border.

As police continue to appeal for information, officers from both counties have been carrying out a number of overnight patrols and exploring the possibility that these incidents are linked.

Details of the latest reported incidents are as follows:

Drivers have reported being pelted with objects while on the A146. Andrew Thurtle, was driving from Lowestoft to Beccles when his car was hit. Picture: Andrew ThurtleDrivers have reported being pelted with objects while on the A146. Andrew Thurtle, was driving from Lowestoft to Beccles when his car was hit. Picture: Andrew Thurtle

- At around midday on Wednesday, May 29, a motorist was driving a BMW 520 on the A146 near Morrison's in Beccles when a stone was thrown at the windscreen, which caused it to shatter.

- On Saturday, June 8, at about 10.45pm a motorist was driving northbound on the A146 between the roundabout and the BP garage at Hales when a stone was thrown from an oncoming vehicle. It caused damage to the grill and the bumper of a Ford Focus.

- On Monday, June 3, at around 10pm a motorist was travelling on the A146 from Beccles when they heard a loud noise while driving their Skoda Superb. After reaching their destination, they realised their car had been damaged.

- Shortly before 5.30pm yesterday (Tuesday, June 11), a motorist who had been driving from Beccles to Bungay along the B1062 reported that a rock was thrown at their vehicle - a Vauxhall Astra - which caused the windscreen to smash.

Vandals have been throwing stone at cars on the A143 and the A146.

 Picture: James BassVandals have been throwing stone at cars on the A143 and the A146. Picture: James Bass

- At around 7.15pm yesterday (June 11), a patient transport ambulance was driving towards Bungay from Halesworth when a large rock or stone was thrown at the ambulance from an oncoming vehicle. The incident caused no damage but made contact with the ambulance. No patients were travelling inside the ambulance at the time of the incident.

- At some point, a motorist was driving their Ford Mondeo through Beccles to Lowestoft and, after stopping briefly in the early hours at Haddiscoe Garage and setting off again, a brick was thrown at the windscreen. The windscreen smashed and the bonnet was also dented.

- At around 4.30pm yesterday (June 11), a motorist was driving along the A146/A143 from Lowestoft to Diss at around 4.10pm when they heard a loud bang after something hit the bonnet of their vehicle, an Audi S3. The vehicle sustained paintwork damage.

Anyone who has been a victim and has any relevant information or dashcam footage is asked to contact PS Mark Sargeant at Suffolk police or PC Andy Barkway at Norfolk police on 101, quoting crime reference number 37/32365/19.

Gemma Wiles from Harleston was left badly shaken when her car was hit by an object on the A143 . Picture: Simon ParkinGemma Wiles from Harleston was left badly shaken when her car was hit by an object on the A143 . Picture: Simon Parkin

Alternatively, contact the independent charity Crimestoppers 100pc anonymously by calling 0800 555 111 or via their online form.

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