Rock-throwing youth gang put ‘lives in danger’ on M2 as up to six lorries have windscreens smashed

The incidents are believed to have happened in the Greencastle area. Picture: Google Maps.

A GANG of youths throwing rocks and bricks is being hunted by police after windscreens were broken on as many as six lorries as they travelled northbound on the M2 motorway between Belfast and Sandyknowes Roundabout.

PSNI Sergeant O’Hare said: “We received reports, between 5.15pm and 5.30pm this evening, that a group of youths were throwing what’s believed to be bricks or rocks at lorries.

“Up to six lorries, which were heading northbound along the M2, were hit with the objects as they approached the Greencastle Junction. Worryingly, a number of their windscreens were damaged as a result.

“Unfortunately this behaviour is nothing new, and we’ve had similar reports in recent days.

“I am appealing to those responsible for the attacks. This behaviour is plain dangerous – and has to stop.

“You have risked the safety and lives of those lorry drivers, and indeed any other motorists on the road. It’s only by sheer luck that no one has been killed or physically injured as a result of your actions.

“Parents and guardians need to do all they can to prevent young people from becoming involved or caught up in these activities.

“Know where your children are, who they are with and what they are doing. Please remind them of the consequence of such actions, and of the impact of getting a criminal record, which would affect all sorts of future opportunities.

“I’m also asking anyone with information, especially information that might identify those responsible, to get in touch.

“One of the group is described as being aged in his late teens, approximately 5’ 8” in height, of medium build and wearing a dark blue puffa jacket.

“Contact officers on 101, quoting reference number 1486 of 02/03/20.”

Information can also be provided to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111, which is 100% anonymous and gives people the power to speak up and stop crime.

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