Rocks thrown from bridge at family's car

A FAMILY escaped serious injury after rocks were thrown at their car from a Hereford bridge. Michael Johnson was travelling with his two young children on the A465 Belmont Road when two large rocks were hurled from the Great Western Way footbridge near The Oval. The rocks smashed his Range Rover’s windscreen and damaged paintwork, narrowly missing the car’s sunroof.

The offenders were not visible from the road, and after parking his damaged vehicle, Mr Johnson walked up on to the bridge to search for witnesses. But although there were people on the bridge, he said no one had seen it happen. The Range Rover has now been taken to a garage for repair, but Mr Johnson estimates the damage could set him back around GBP800 and has been left without a vehicle while the repairs are carried out.

But aside from the inconvenience and financial costs caused, he said, there is a much more frightening side to the incident. “It happened so fast that I don’t think I realised how serious it was until I saw ‘endangering life’ written on the paperwork from the police.” “Their actions could have caused serious injuries or worse.

The rocks could have come through the windscreen or the sunroof and hit me and my boys, and I think we were lucky we had the protection of the truck. “I just want to find the people who did it. Other people have come forward and said it’s happened before, so somebody must have seen something and we need to stop it from happening again.

“People could be seriously injured next time.” He is now searching for witnesses, further victims, or people who may have information about or dashcam or CCTV footage of the incident, which took place between 3pm and 3.30pm on Saturday, April 27. If you can help, contact West Mercia Police on 101 quoting crime reference 793-s of April 27 2019.

Information can also be provided anonymously by calling the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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