Three children arrested in connection with throwing bricks at cars in Stanley area

The Northern Echo: Sergeant Dave Clarke and Neighbourhood Warden Cat Cullen with Tanfield School's  assistant headteacher Ian Thompson. Sergeant Dave Clarke and Neighbourhood Warden Cat Cullen with Tanfield School's assistant headteacher Ian Thompson.

THREE children have been arrested this evening (Wednesday, March 12) in connection with the potentially deadly craze of hurling bricks at cars and houses.

Widespread criminal damage has been caused by youngsters in the Stanley area of County Durham and police have said it could end in a fatality.

The stark warning came less than a month after nine-year-old Abbie Keers, from Stanley, was almost blinded after a bottle was thrown at her grandmother’s car as she sat in the passenger seat.

There has been a spate of recent incidents of bricks being thrown at cars from the bridge over the road to Tanfield Lea and in the areas surrounding Stanley.

Earlier this evening, police arrested three boys, aged 12, 14 and 15, and they are being taken to Peterlee Police Station for questioning.

Sergeant Dave Clarke, of Stanley Police, said: “Somebody could be killed.

“If a brick is thrown from a bridge and it goes throw the window and there are splinters of glass and an automatic reaction is to close your eyes and turn away.

“If someone is going under a bridge then they are going to have a serious injury and possibly die. It has happened in other parts of the country.

“Whoever was responsible for that would be spending a long time in prison.”

Police have also received many calls of bricks being thrown at house windows and cars from the roadside.

Officers are aware of a small number of people behind the yobbish behaviour and more arrests are expected to be made tomorrow. (Thursday, March 13) They have the support of the schools in the area and are making visits, along with neighbourhood wardens from Durham County Council, to urge pupils to stop now before there is a serious incident.

David Thornton, principal of North Durham Academy, said: “Any student here represents us whether they are in the academy during the day or in the community at night time.

“We will work with the police to tackle anti social behaviour and stamp it out.

“There is zero tolerance as far as we are concerned.”

Ian Thompson, assistant headteacher of Tanfield School, said: “What we need to do as part of the education push with the police are bring in here is the idea of consequences, that every action has got consequences.”

  • A 23-year-old man from the area has been arrested in connection with the Abbie Keers incident and bailed pending further inquiries.

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7:02pm Wed 12 Mar 14

Voice-of-reality says...

Stoning would seem an apposite punishment.
Stoning would seem an apposite punishment. Voice-of-reality
  • Score: 18

9:11am Thu 13 Mar 14

MartinMo says...

The problem is their age, they will walk away with a telling off. Surely due to the dangers involved they should be charged with attempted manslaughter and punished accordingly in aldult court due to the severity of it.
The problem is their age, they will walk away with a telling off. Surely due to the dangers involved they should be charged with attempted manslaughter and punished accordingly in aldult court due to the severity of it. MartinMo
  • Score: 17

10:24am Thu 13 Mar 14

grumpyoldpops says...

MartinMo wrote:
The problem is their age, they will walk away with a telling off. Surely due to the dangers involved they should be charged with attempted manslaughter and punished accordingly in aldult court due to the severity of it.
I agree totally courts are too soft on kids today a good smack round the head and kick up the a*** then detention centre
[quote][p][bold]MartinMo[/bold] wrote: The problem is their age, they will walk away with a telling off. Surely due to the dangers involved they should be charged with attempted manslaughter and punished accordingly in aldult court due to the severity of it.[/p][/quote]I agree totally courts are too soft on kids today a good smack round the head and kick up the a*** then detention centre grumpyoldpops
  • Score: 17

4:06pm Thu 13 Mar 14

Tregeor says...

Something needs to be done about this country wide problem. It is a vicious offence and any one over the age of 7 must realise it could end up with someone being killed or seriously injured.
Very severe sentences would be a sure way to solve it in my opinion.
Something needs to be done about this country wide problem. It is a vicious offence and any one over the age of 7 must realise it could end up with someone being killed or seriously injured. Very severe sentences would be a sure way to solve it in my opinion. Tregeor
  • Score: 8

4:42pm Thu 13 Mar 14

Originalneilg says...

Idiot kids with no doubt idiot parents.
Idiot kids with no doubt idiot parents. Originalneilg
  • Score: 10

7:46pm Thu 13 Mar 14

Duke of Aycliffe says...

Not surprised it happened in Stanley, an absoloute dump of a town. Thicko kids from equally thicko parents.
Not surprised it happened in Stanley, an absoloute dump of a town. Thicko kids from equally thicko parents. Duke of Aycliffe
  • Score: 6

9:50am Fri 14 Mar 14

hippyjohn says...

name them and shame them
name them and shame them hippyjohn
  • Score: 0

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