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Driving to work this morning as I passed under a footbridge the kids on the bridge decided to drop a brick on my car. It landed on the bonnet missing coming through the screen by inches, needless to say the bonnet is not happy (neither am I).
The police were not bothered when I reported it but were bothered enough to have a camera van 3 miles down the road collecting more goverment tax's.

Only a year ago a lorry driver was killed on the same piece of road by two 13 year olds who dropped a breeze block which went through his screen so maybe it was my lucky day, dosen't feel that way though.

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Ask the relevant poice force if they have adopted a 'performance management' system/data base.

Most forces within the UK do so as a result of the Government's requirement to them to provide evidence of what their officers are doing.

What this means in practice is that only some offences carry a 'tick' for the officer dealing with it. The more 'ticks' an officer gathers, the less criticism he will face from managers (uniform carriers!). Consequently, and to a degree quite understandably, a 'tick mentality' exists where officers attempt to get the required number of 'ticks' (as set by their managers) as soon as possible. This leads to officers putting the 'tick' offences as a priority and those offences that aren't are left at the bottom of the pile.

I would anticipate that the actions you describe by the kids do not fall within the 'tick' league, and why the speed van was active further down the road.
 

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CT,

Maybe strong words but couldn't that be considered attempted murder or manslaughter? It's a deliberate act that will endanger life, and it's happened before with a tragic outcome.

What would have happened if it came through the windscreen? Do you have a wife? Kids?

I guess the Police are not iterested becasue they have no chance of catching the scumbags that did it. They'll be keeping warm in their greed camera van down the road.

If it was me I'd be going to the local press to a) highlight the problem to other drivers, and b) shame the Police into some action.

Rant over :eek:
 

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CT,

Maybe strong words but couldn't that be considered attempted murder or manslaughter? It's a deliberate act that will endanger life, and it's happened before with a tragic outcome.
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ndj,

Your point is almost correct. To prove attempted murder proof would have to be obtained that they intended to kill or cause grievous bodily harm.
Manslaughter would be a very easy case to prove, as the offence is defined as the unlawful killing of one human by another. The unlawful act would be the dropping of the block onto the car.

During the miner's strike here in the UK in the 80's, similar circs lead to the death of a working miner and the offender was duly convicted of manslaughter.

They wouldn't be able to catch the yobs in CT's case as they are too busy collecting 'tick' offences.
 

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Thank God You Were Not Hurt

Only a year ago a lorry driver was killed on the same piece of road by two 13 year olds who dropped a breeze block which went through his screen so maybe it was my lucky day, dosen't feel that way though.

chris
It was your lucky day. A little different timing and you wouldn't be here to tell that story. Sorry to hear about your V, but it is a hell of easier to fix than you are, so indeed it was your lucky day.

We have spats of that kind of crap here as well and it alway frightens the hell of me. What in the world possesses people to do stuff like that? Do they really want to kill someone? Are they such imbeciles that they don't understand the gravity of their actions?

Again, thank God you didn't get hurt.



 

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Bonnet repaired at a very very good specialist bodyshop, finish like glass, shows up the slightly orange peely factory finish. Big hole in wallet !
Got a letter from the police offering me "victims support" !!!

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Victims Support!

Let me guess, the victim support is rather psychological in nature and will do nothing to heal that hole in your wallet! Again, thank God you were not hurt. Glad to hear you got the V fixed up.



 
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