Brick thrown from bridge into windscreen
Police are hunting a group of youths who hurled a house brick from a footbridge and into the windscreen of a van on a busy dual carriageway.
The incident on the A38 echoes a spate of similar attacks in February in which an ambulance was damaged and a Volkswagen van.
Now Mark Fenton, aged 41, has told how he was driving his white Ford Transit Van east along the A38 shortly after 5.30pm on Tuesday with his 61-year-old friend, Stephen Nathan, and two German Shepherd dogs in the back, when a brick hit the van.
Mr Nathan said both he and Mr Fenton saw a group of four or five youngsters standing on the footpath which crosses over the Parkway, between Tamar Way in Honicknowle and Mowhay Road in King's Tamerton, Plymouth.
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Mr Nathan said: "We were doing about 60 miles per hour when it hit the windscreen. It was bang, like a gun going off. Mark instinctively swerved to the right but was able to control the van and levelled it off."
The pair drove to roads near the Tamar Way entrance where they confronted a group of boys who matched the description, but they all denied the act and both men were accused by relatives of the boys of picking on them unfairly.
Mr Nathan said: "It's about three or four hundred pounds worth of damage to the van.
"What if they had hit an old dear and she tried to swerve off, hit the central reservation. We could've lost control, hit other cars. People do 70 miles an hour on that road. Imagine the carnage they could have caused."
PC Dan Pencollings, of Devon and Cornwall Police, said: "This was a potentially lethal act. It was extremely dangerous, not just because of the damage caused to the van, but it is the potential injury that could have been caused to several other road users."