Children throwing bricks at traffic in Bridlington putting lives at risk
CHILDREN as young as 12 have been arrested after bricks were hurled at traffic on a busy bypass.
Humberside Police say bricks and stones have been thrown at traffic from a footbridge and the roadside on the Well Lane bypass in Bridlington.
In the latest incident, a coach carrying war veterans was hit by a brick thrown from the side of the road.
Police are warning the young yobs could be putting lives at risk.
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PC Jason Scotter said: "The worst-case scenario is a driver could swerve and have a head-on collision with another vehicle and lives could be lost.
"The concern is it's only a matter of time before there's a head-on accident."
Several children, the youngest aged 12, have been arrested by police investigating the incidents.
PC Scotter said: "It has become a problem and has been happening for quite some time.
"Generally it involves juveniles aged between 12 and 16 in gangs of about four or five.
"They are throwing stones and rocks at vehicles, causing them to brake harshly, which can also cause accidents."
PC Scotter said several vehicles have been hit, including a coach that suffered about £2,000 of damage after a brick was thrown at one of the windows.
He said: "Youths have smashed several windows of vehicles.
"In the latest incident, a coach full of war veterans was hit, shattering the outer pane of a double-glazed window.
"Fortunately, the driver managed to control the bus."
Phil Marsden, 54, was driving TD Travel's coachload of 30 war veterans on the route when one of the vehicle window's was hit by a brick hurled from the roadside on October 10.
He said: "Just as we approached the bridge we heard a bang.
"At first I thought it was someone throwing a stone off the bridge.
"One of the passengers came up and said someone had thrown a brick at a side window.
"They must have been standing at the side of the road, where there's a big layby.
"I had 30 war veterans on the bus. They were disgusted by what happened."
Mr Marsden said the route is notorious for yobs throwing missiles at traffic.
He said: "I always look out for it but at night you can't really see them."
Police have stepped up patrols and are also using a CCTV camera van in a bid to capture the culprits on film.
Officers have also conducted house-to-house inquiries and visited schools to speak to pupils about the dangers of throwing missiles at traffic.
Anyone with information should call Humberside Police on the non-emergency number 101.