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Police threaten to take action against those who throw bricks onto Greater Manchester motorways

GMP says there has been a "recent and worrying increase" in incidents involving bricks being thrown at vehicles.

Emily Sergeant Emily Sergeant - 22nd April 2022

Greater Manchester Police (GMP) has issued a warning after a “recent and worrying increase” in bricks being thrown at vehicles travelling on local motorways.

The force explained that within the last year, a series of incidents involving objects – in particular bricks – thrown by young people on the M60 resulted in damage to the windscreens of a number of vehicles.

In one instance, a woman’s car windscreen was smashed completely, and it forced her to stop on the hard shoulder.

“It goes without saying that behaviour such as this is reckless and puts multiple lives in unnecessary danger,” explained Superintendent Julie Ellison, of GMP’s Specialist Operation Teams.

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“Not only can it cause serious damage to vehicles, but even more worryingly, it can result in serious injury to those travelling in the vehicle and potentially cause a devastating collision.

“We already have officers patrolling known locations, who will not hesitate to take action against perpetrators, to ensure that those travelling can do so safely, so I would encourage young people to think about the consequences of a spilt second silly decision or an attempt to show off, that it can have serious consequences for them and others.”

There has been a “recent and worrying increase” in bricks being thrown at vehicles travelling on local motorways / Credit: Hal Gatewood (via Unsplash)

She also appealed to parents as the “warmer weather and school holidays approach”.

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“I ask that you check what your children are up to, and where they are going, as well as speak with them about the importance of making safe and responsible decisions,” she concluded.

Alan Shepherd – Regional Director for National Highways in the North West – also added: “When the evenings get lighter, we do get an increase of incidents involving children and teenagers playing near motorways and on motorway bridges.”

He explained the safety precautions being put in place and referenced the action that would be taken against offending individuals.

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“Staff at our regional operations centre near Warrington work closely with the North West Motorway Police Group to monitor our motorways around the clock with an extensive network of CCTV cameras recording at locations all the time,” he continued.

“If the threat of prosecution is not warning enough, we would ask parents to have a conversation with youngsters about the potentially tragic consequences of stone throwing and of playing near the motorway generally.”

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