Forces across North-East crackdown on snow ball incidents

POLICE say they will arrest snow ball throwers who cause damage to properties and injure people after a spate of incidents across the North-East.

Officers in Sunderland have received more than 70 reports of youths throwing snowballs at passers-by, cars, and properties and Darlington police are investigating two incidents where people have been injured after being struck by snow balls.

A spokesman for Darlington Police confirmed they had not made any arrests, but were treating any snow-related offences seriously.

 

He said: “If we see anyone damaging cars or injuring people with snowballs, we will look at them exactly the same as we would any other anti-social behaviour.

“It will not be tolerated.”

The weekend's police warnings comes after a bus passenger suffered minor bruising when a driver braked sharply after youths threw snowballs at his cab in Front Street, in Pelton, near Chester-le-Street, and Crook neighbourhood policing team said they will arrest anyone causing dangers to motorists by throwing snowballs at vehicles.

Inspector Paul Stewart, from Sunderland Area Command, said: “It is easy to turn a topic like this into a joke and shrug it off, but people have genuine concerns.

“It’s not nice to be driving along and for a flurry of snowballs to hit your windscreen or be an elderly person hit by a snowball while walking home or to the shops.

“If we receive reports of incidents involving snowballs being thrown at people or property, potentially causing damage or injury, then appropriate action will be taken.

"The people throwing snowballs need to have a little consideration for others.”

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7:15pm Sat 19 Jan 13

Blankface says...

These are kids, they have no consideration for anyone, they think the law won't touch them and even if they won't care and they'll continue to do it.
These are kids, they have no consideration for anyone, they think the law won't touch them and even if they won't care and they'll continue to do it. Blankface

9:01pm Sat 19 Jan 13

vercingetorix says...

Here in Scarborough we have having severe problems with 'children' from St.Augustines school deliberately and systematically targetting the elderly and handicapped who live in the area of the school. Adjectives cannot describe how disgusted I am , no wonder the last headmaster quite through stress.
Here in Scarborough we have having severe problems with 'children' from St.Augustines school deliberately and systematically targetting the elderly and handicapped who live in the area of the school. Adjectives cannot describe how disgusted I am , no wonder the last headmaster quite through stress. vercingetorix

10:28pm Sat 19 Jan 13

Voice-of-reality says...

Of course the majority whom the police 'arrest' will be under the age of criminal responsibility - and therefore the point is........
Of course the majority whom the police 'arrest' will be under the age of criminal responsibility - and therefore the point is........ Voice-of-reality

10:08am Sun 20 Jan 13

lark185 says...

The point is that the police take their details and then inform their parents.
I had a visit yesterday from the police to inform me that my son, who was supposed to be sledging in the local park, was in fact throwing snowballs at passing cars!
Can I just apologize to any motorists going by Whessoe Rd bridge who were hit by snowballs. I assure you he is being punished and if he cannot be trusted to be out without adult supervision then he will not be going out without an adult!
Can I also apologize to the police, who I'm sure have better things to be doing.
The point is that the police take their details and then inform their parents. I had a visit yesterday from the police to inform me that my son, who was supposed to be sledging in the local park, was in fact throwing snowballs at passing cars! Can I just apologize to any motorists going by Whessoe Rd bridge who were hit by snowballs. I assure you he is being punished and if he cannot be trusted to be out without adult supervision then he will not be going out without an adult! Can I also apologize to the police, who I'm sure have better things to be doing. lark185

12:06pm Sun 20 Jan 13

Celer et Audax says...

lark185 wrote:
The point is that the police take their details and then inform their parents.
I had a visit yesterday from the police to inform me that my son, who was supposed to be sledging in the local park, was in fact throwing snowballs at passing cars!
Can I just apologize to any motorists going by Whessoe Rd bridge who were hit by snowballs. I assure you he is being punished and if he cannot be trusted to be out without adult supervision then he will not be going out without an adult!
Can I also apologize to the police, who I'm sure have better things to be doing.
I was just entering under the bridge as some snowballs hit my windscreen, I managed to hit the wipers and clear it quickly but it scared the life out of my pregnant fiancee.
[quote][p][bold]lark185[/bold] wrote: The point is that the police take their details and then inform their parents. I had a visit yesterday from the police to inform me that my son, who was supposed to be sledging in the local park, was in fact throwing snowballs at passing cars! Can I just apologize to any motorists going by Whessoe Rd bridge who were hit by snowballs. I assure you he is being punished and if he cannot be trusted to be out without adult supervision then he will not be going out without an adult! Can I also apologize to the police, who I'm sure have better things to be doing.[/p][/quote]I was just entering under the bridge as some snowballs hit my windscreen, I managed to hit the wipers and clear it quickly but it scared the life out of my pregnant fiancee. Celer et Audax

2:15pm Sun 20 Jan 13

loan_star says...

lark185 wrote:
The point is that the police take their details and then inform their parents.
I had a visit yesterday from the police to inform me that my son, who was supposed to be sledging in the local park, was in fact throwing snowballs at passing cars!
Can I just apologize to any motorists going by Whessoe Rd bridge who were hit by snowballs. I assure you he is being punished and if he cannot be trusted to be out without adult supervision then he will not be going out without an adult!
Can I also apologize to the police, who I'm sure have better things to be doing.
Children cant be watched 24/7 so its good to see a parent showing responsibility and making sure their child thinks twice before doing the same thing again. If only more kids were punished properly when their parents find out they have been in trouble, we might see less anti social behaviour from them.
[quote][p][bold]lark185[/bold] wrote: The point is that the police take their details and then inform their parents. I had a visit yesterday from the police to inform me that my son, who was supposed to be sledging in the local park, was in fact throwing snowballs at passing cars! Can I just apologize to any motorists going by Whessoe Rd bridge who were hit by snowballs. I assure you he is being punished and if he cannot be trusted to be out without adult supervision then he will not be going out without an adult! Can I also apologize to the police, who I'm sure have better things to be doing.[/p][/quote]Children cant be watched 24/7 so its good to see a parent showing responsibility and making sure their child thinks twice before doing the same thing again. If only more kids were punished properly when their parents find out they have been in trouble, we might see less anti social behaviour from them. loan_star

3:19pm Sun 20 Jan 13

lark185 says...

Celer et Audax wrote:
lark185 wrote:
The point is that the police take their details and then inform their parents.
I had a visit yesterday from the police to inform me that my son, who was supposed to be sledging in the local park, was in fact throwing snowballs at passing cars!
Can I just apologize to any motorists going by Whessoe Rd bridge who were hit by snowballs. I assure you he is being punished and if he cannot be trusted to be out without adult supervision then he will not be going out without an adult!
Can I also apologize to the police, who I'm sure have better things to be doing.
I was just entering under the bridge as some snowballs hit my windscreen, I managed to hit the wipers and clear it quickly but it scared the life out of my pregnant fiancee.
Please believe me that I am so sorry to you and your fiancee for his behaviour yesterday!

I have shown him your post and he does understand that he could quite easily have caused an accident and that he has to think about any consequences his actions may have had, now and in the future. He is very sorry.
[quote][p][bold]Celer et Audax[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]lark185[/bold] wrote: The point is that the police take their details and then inform their parents. I had a visit yesterday from the police to inform me that my son, who was supposed to be sledging in the local park, was in fact throwing snowballs at passing cars! Can I just apologize to any motorists going by Whessoe Rd bridge who were hit by snowballs. I assure you he is being punished and if he cannot be trusted to be out without adult supervision then he will not be going out without an adult! Can I also apologize to the police, who I'm sure have better things to be doing.[/p][/quote]I was just entering under the bridge as some snowballs hit my windscreen, I managed to hit the wipers and clear it quickly but it scared the life out of my pregnant fiancee.[/p][/quote]Please believe me that I am so sorry to you and your fiancee for his behaviour yesterday! I have shown him your post and he does understand that he could quite easily have caused an accident and that he has to think about any consequences his actions may have had, now and in the future. He is very sorry. lark185

3:46pm Sun 20 Jan 13

Celer et Audax says...

lark185 wrote:
Celer et Audax wrote:
lark185 wrote:
The point is that the police take their details and then inform their parents.
I had a visit yesterday from the police to inform me that my son, who was supposed to be sledging in the local park, was in fact throwing snowballs at passing cars!
Can I just apologize to any motorists going by Whessoe Rd bridge who were hit by snowballs. I assure you he is being punished and if he cannot be trusted to be out without adult supervision then he will not be going out without an adult!
Can I also apologize to the police, who I'm sure have better things to be doing.
I was just entering under the bridge as some snowballs hit my windscreen, I managed to hit the wipers and clear it quickly but it scared the life out of my pregnant fiancee.
Please believe me that I am so sorry to you and your fiancee for his behaviour yesterday!

I have shown him your post and he does understand that he could quite easily have caused an accident and that he has to think about any consequences his actions may have had, now and in the future. He is very sorry.
Ok much appreciated. At the end of the day kids will be kids and I was no angel either as a young un but there's a fine line in what they may think is a bit of fun and what is dangerous. However if the shock of realising how dangerous they were been has done the trick and changed his behaviour then job done.

All apology's accepted and I wish you and your son well for the future.
[quote][p][bold]lark185[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Celer et Audax[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]lark185[/bold] wrote: The point is that the police take their details and then inform their parents. I had a visit yesterday from the police to inform me that my son, who was supposed to be sledging in the local park, was in fact throwing snowballs at passing cars! Can I just apologize to any motorists going by Whessoe Rd bridge who were hit by snowballs. I assure you he is being punished and if he cannot be trusted to be out without adult supervision then he will not be going out without an adult! Can I also apologize to the police, who I'm sure have better things to be doing.[/p][/quote]I was just entering under the bridge as some snowballs hit my windscreen, I managed to hit the wipers and clear it quickly but it scared the life out of my pregnant fiancee.[/p][/quote]Please believe me that I am so sorry to you and your fiancee for his behaviour yesterday! I have shown him your post and he does understand that he could quite easily have caused an accident and that he has to think about any consequences his actions may have had, now and in the future. He is very sorry.[/p][/quote]Ok much appreciated. At the end of the day kids will be kids and I was no angel either as a young un but there's a fine line in what they may think is a bit of fun and what is dangerous. However if the shock of realising how dangerous they were been has done the trick and changed his behaviour then job done. All apology's accepted and I wish you and your son well for the future. Celer et Audax

4:20pm Sun 20 Jan 13

lark185 says...

Celer et Audax wrote:
lark185 wrote:
Celer et Audax wrote:
lark185 wrote:
The point is that the police take their details and then inform their parents.
I had a visit yesterday from the police to inform me that my son, who was supposed to be sledging in the local park, was in fact throwing snowballs at passing cars!
Can I just apologize to any motorists going by Whessoe Rd bridge who were hit by snowballs. I assure you he is being punished and if he cannot be trusted to be out without adult supervision then he will not be going out without an adult!
Can I also apologize to the police, who I'm sure have better things to be doing.
I was just entering under the bridge as some snowballs hit my windscreen, I managed to hit the wipers and clear it quickly but it scared the life out of my pregnant fiancee.
Please believe me that I am so sorry to you and your fiancee for his behaviour yesterday!

I have shown him your post and he does understand that he could quite easily have caused an accident and that he has to think about any consequences his actions may have had, now and in the future. He is very sorry.
Ok much appreciated. At the end of the day kids will be kids and I was no angel either as a young un but there's a fine line in what they may think is a bit of fun and what is dangerous. However if the shock of realising how dangerous they were been has done the trick and changed his behaviour then job done.

All apology's accepted and I wish you and your son well for the future.
Thank you and best wishes to you and your fiancee.
[quote][p][bold]Celer et Audax[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]lark185[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Celer et Audax[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]lark185[/bold] wrote: The point is that the police take their details and then inform their parents. I had a visit yesterday from the police to inform me that my son, who was supposed to be sledging in the local park, was in fact throwing snowballs at passing cars! Can I just apologize to any motorists going by Whessoe Rd bridge who were hit by snowballs. I assure you he is being punished and if he cannot be trusted to be out without adult supervision then he will not be going out without an adult! Can I also apologize to the police, who I'm sure have better things to be doing.[/p][/quote]I was just entering under the bridge as some snowballs hit my windscreen, I managed to hit the wipers and clear it quickly but it scared the life out of my pregnant fiancee.[/p][/quote]Please believe me that I am so sorry to you and your fiancee for his behaviour yesterday! I have shown him your post and he does understand that he could quite easily have caused an accident and that he has to think about any consequences his actions may have had, now and in the future. He is very sorry.[/p][/quote]Ok much appreciated. At the end of the day kids will be kids and I was no angel either as a young un but there's a fine line in what they may think is a bit of fun and what is dangerous. However if the shock of realising how dangerous they were been has done the trick and changed his behaviour then job done. All apology's accepted and I wish you and your son well for the future.[/p][/quote]Thank you and best wishes to you and your fiancee. lark185

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