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Police release description of youths suspected of hurling rocks at cars on M3

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Police release description of youths suspected of hurling rocks at cars on M3

Published by the Eagle Radio News Team at 10:51am 13th August 2019.

Police have released a description of the suspects involved in throwing rocks at cars on the M3 in Surrey this weekend.

No one was injured in the incidents, which included a young child being showered in glass after a rock smashed the windscreen of the car they were travelling in.

Officers had initially been unable to identify the suspects after they had fled the scene, but now say three of four of those involved are believed to be white males, aged 13-16 years old and were wearing white tops. One of them did not have a top on.

The group of youths were seen standing next to the M3 hard shoulder just south of the Littleton Lane Road bridge, close to the M25 between junctions 1 and 2.

Officers were first called at around 7.10pm on Saturday (10 August), when around five vehicles, including cars, vans and HGVs had been damaged and left with broken windscreens and side windows.

That included a rock, described as the size of a tennis ball, landing on the passenger seat next to the driver after it shattered the passenger’s side window. There was not a passenger in the car at the time.

Police were then called back to the M3 again at around 4.55pm on Sunday (11 August), following further reports of damage being caused.

Inspector Ken Bates from Surrey Police’s Roads Policing Unit, said:

“This type of incident can, and has, ended in tragedy and I cannot stress how dangerous this is, particularly on the motorways where vehicles are travelling at higher speeds.

“We are concerned that someone will be seriously injured and will be taking measures to deter anyone from doing this as well as dealing robustly with anyone caught doing this.

“If you see anyone throwing objects from motorway bridges, please note down their description and then get in touch with us as soon as possible.

“We would also like to hear from anyone with any dashcam footage of the incidents in progress or anyone with any other information.”

Anyone with information regarding the incidents this weekend is asked to call 101, quoting reference number PR/P19183019.

Alternatively, if you do not wish to leave your name, call the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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