Autoglass reveals missile throwers cause misery on Britain's roads

From: Autoglass
Published: Fri May 24 2013

Autoglass has revealed that in 2012 there were over a thousand recorded incidents of motorists being attacked by missiles, such as bricks thrown from bridges. That equates to a staggering average of more than two attacks every single day.

Thirteen police forces supplied information on missile throwing. The results show that there were 1021 attacks during the year. That is more than double the figure recorded for 2011. Results last year, from ten police forces, reported a total of 395 such incidents.

Encouragingly the research also shows that 75 per cent of the incidents reported, resulted in arrests.

The Freedom of Information request made by Autoglass, the UK's leading vehicle glass repair and replacement service, shows an alarming increase in this mindless and potentially fatal crime.

Matthew Mycock, managing director of Autoglass, commented: "It is alarming to discover that the number of motorists attacked with bridge and roadside missiles is on the increase. As many motorists don't report incidents, the true extent of the problem is yet to be revealed. Our customers tell us about a wide range of problems they face on the roads each day, but this is by far the most distressing. What may seem a prank to some yobs is likely to result in tragedy and must be stopped."

"Autoglass is pleased to see that this problem is being tackled and 75 per cent of such incidents result in arrest. It is a step in the right direction, but there is more that can be done. We are calling for all motorists affected by this crime to report it to the police, to enable them to take steps to prevent a more serious incident happening next time."

Julie Townsend, deputy chief executive at the road safety charity Brake, said: "It is appalling that so many drivers are being put at risk by the mindless actions of some thoughtless individuals, and deeply concerning that the number of drivers being attacked by missiles appears to be on the rise. Road crashes are devastating events that cause terrible suffering to families and communities, which we see first-hand through supporting these victims. We are joining Autoglass in urging a further crack down on this behaviour to help ensure all drivers can return home safely."

The research shows that the highest number of reported attacks took place in Nottinghamshire, where there were 279 attacks.

At the other end of the scale, the Cambridgeshire and Avon and Somerset force areas appear to be safest parts of the country, with only eight and six reported incidents respectively.

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