Fire engine hit by missile dropped from footbridge over Northampton road

This is the latest incident of young people dropping objects onto the carriageway from the Talavera Way bridge

Wednesday, 21st April 2021, 12:53 pm

Police have received at least five reports of young people dropping missiles from a footbridge over a busy Northampton road in the space of one week.

The latest incident took place between 1am and 3am on Friday, April 16 when an object was dropped onto a Fire and Rescue Service vehicle that was racing to an incident from Earls Barton along Talavera Way.

All five incidents have been reported on the footbridge close to the Southfields roundabout, at the junction with Lings Way.

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Objects are being dropped from the Talavera Way bridges onto the carriageway below

A spokesperson for Northamptonshire Police said: "Two people wearing white hoodies were seen standing on the bridge at the time of the incident. Fortunately, the crew were not hurt as a result of the incident and were able to continue their journey.

"Officers would like to speak to anyone who may have seen anyone on or near the bridge before or afterwards, who witnessed the incident or who has information about it."

Anyone with information is asked to call Northamptonshire Police on 101 quoting reference number 21000207673 or, alternatively, call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Police warned last week that they will be increasing patrols in the area after receiving multiple reports of similar incidents on a bridge over Talavera Way that links Blackthorn with Overstone Park.

A rock thrown from a bridge over the A45 at Nene Valley Way last December shattered a lorry’s windscreen and the driver sustained eye injuries.

A similar incident happened in 2008 with fatal consequences after a 15-year-old boy dropped a breeze block onto a lorry driver from the Doddington Road bridge over the A45 dual carriageway, killing the driver instantly when it hit him in the chest.