Warning for stone throwing youngsters
Dated: 07 Jun 2012
Police are warning youngsters about the dangers of throwing items off bridges and at people in Newcastle.
It follows several incidents where items were from footbridges in the city. On Monday, May 28, a bag with excrement in it was thrown from a footbridge over the A1 between Wellfield Lane and Drumsheugh Place in Blakelaw at about 8.40pm. A group of youths were seen running from the area.
Then at 8.30pm on Tuesday, May 29, stones were thrown from a footbridge over the A1 between Redland Avenue and Belvedere Retail Park at Kingston Park. Two girls were seen in the area.
And at 6.15pm on Wednesday, May 30, rocks were thrown from a roundabout at Newburn Haugh Industrial Estate at rowers on the River Tyne.
Neighbourhood Inspector Julie Rana said: "These youngsters may see this as a prank but it's completely irresponsible and dangerous.
"Not only are they putting people at risk but they could end up with a criminal record which could ultimately impact on their future. The youngsters involved need to think carefully about the consequences of their actions - they have been warned."
"We know it's a handful of young people who are involved and I'd urge anyone with information or who witnesses any offences take place to let us know as soon as possible."
Anyone with information should contact police on 101 ext 69191 or the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.