Police appeal after road rage incidents
POLICE last night vowed that the perpetrators of two terrifying road rage attacks in west Suffolk would be brought to justice.The first attack involved a 31-year-old from Lawshall, near Bury St Edmunds, who was punched in the face by another driver who had followed him along the A14, flashing his car headlights.
POLICE last night vowed that the perpetrators of two terrifying road rage attacks in west Suffolk would be brought to justice.
The first attack involved a 31-year-old from Lawshall, near Bury St Edmunds, who was punched in the face by another driver who had followed him along the A14, flashing his car headlights.
Then just two days later, a 19-year-old, from Great Welnetham, near Bury, was left shocked after he was followed by three men in another car - who are believed to have been carrying a baseball bat.
Pc Dean Bailey said yesterday: “Fortunately these types of offences are rare in Suffolk and these appear to be isolated incidents.
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“Police in Bury and the surrounding areas are committed to ensuring that members of the community can travel around the county safely.
“We will not tolerate intimidating or threatening behaviour from anyone on our roads and we will be doing everything possible to trace these offenders and bring them to justice.”
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Police said the victim involved in the incident on the A14, which happened at around 6pm on April 17, had been travelling along the eastbound carriageway when he noticed what is believed to have been an olive green Vauxhall Vectra behind him, so pulled over to let him past.
But as he approached a slip road off the dual carriageway, the offender was waiting for him.
The second incident, which took place at just before 9pm on April 19, happened after the teenager noticed he was being followed by another car along the A134 Southgate Green roundabout in Bury.
The offender tailgated the victim, overtaking him just before the Rushbrook Arms pub and then stopping abruptly, causing the 19-year-old to stop as well.
The driver of the offending car - which was white and thought to be an old box-shaped BMW - twice more overtook the victim's Nissan, before stopping in the road.
“The victim believes there were three males in the car and one of them was trying to retrieve what he thought to be a baseball bat from the boot,” said a police spokesman.
“As the victim turned right onto Raynsford Road and then left onto Friar Road, the offending vehicle stopped at the junction to Friar Road and drove off in the direction of Stanningfield.
“We would advise people that in situations like this they must stay in their car, lock their doors and drive to their nearest police station to report the incident.”
Anyone with information about either offence is urged to contact Suffolk police, on 01284 774100.