Someone could have been killed - warning after bus is hit by object from bridge

Someone could have been killed - warning after bus is hit by object from bridge

The bus windscreen smashed by someone throwing a ‘missile’ from a footbridge over Tewkesbury Way

The damage to the bus

The pedestrian bridge where the incident occured

First published in News Swindon Advertiser: Photograph of the Author by , @Michael_Benke

BUS passengers had a lucky escape after an object was thrown from a footbridge, smashing the windscreen of the vehicle.

The packed vehicle was travelling along Tewkesbury Way at approximately 3.35pm on Monday when the incident occurred.

Luckily no one was injured and the driver was able to bring the single-decker bus under control without crashing.

However, the police are now looking for the culprits after a group of youths was spotted on the footbridge, near Shaw Ridge, as the bus approached.

As the bus went beneath the bridge, an unidentified object was thrown, hitting the windscreen.

The incident caused a long delay for the passengers as the driver had no alternative but to stop driving because his visibility was impaired.

On top of that, services elsewhere on the route from Fleming Way to Middleleaze also backed up.

Thamesdown Transport is now also faced with the cost of repairing the windscreen and the bus is out of service until it is fixed.

A warning has been given to remind people of the dangers involved with throwing items off bridges at moving vehicles, and it was only because of the skill of the driver that no one was seriously hurt or even killed.

Paul Jenkins, managing director of Thamesdown Transport, said: “This could have been a very serious incident, putting lives at risk.

“Fortunately our driver was able to retain control of the vehicle and bring it safely to a stop with no injuries to passengers.

“As a result the worst outcome from Monday’s incident was delays to passengers on the bus, and those waiting further along the route, as well as incurring repair costs and having the vehicle off the road.”

The police have asked for anyone with information to come forward and said they were taking the incident very seriously.

A spokesperson for Wiltshire Police said: “Wiltshire Police have been made aware of yesterday's incident involving objects being thrown from a pedestrian footbridge over Tewkesbury Way in Swindon.

“The consequences of this individual’s or group’s action could be very serious and we will take action against anyone found to be throwing objects at moving vehicles.

“Anyone with information is asked to contact the police on 101.”

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6:35am Wed 6 Aug 14

beach1e says...

Even if the culprits are caught, nothing will happen, we have too many scum families who know they can get away with vandalism,.You can bet the families of those involved wont care.
Even if the culprits are caught, nothing will happen, we have too many scum families who know they can get away with vandalism,.You can bet the families of those involved wont care. beach1e
  • Score: 37

6:49am Wed 6 Aug 14

house on the hill says...

beach1e wrote:
Even if the culprits are caught, nothing will happen, we have too many scum families who know they can get away with vandalism,.You can bet the families of those involved wont care.
Or even worse actually find it funny as some idiots do. As you say far to many uncaring irresponsible idiots allowed to get away with their moronic behaviour again and again
[quote][p][bold]beach1e[/bold] wrote: Even if the culprits are caught, nothing will happen, we have too many scum families who know they can get away with vandalism,.You can bet the families of those involved wont care.[/p][/quote]Or even worse actually find it funny as some idiots do. As you say far to many uncaring irresponsible idiots allowed to get away with their moronic behaviour again and again house on the hill
  • Score: 26

9:08am Wed 6 Aug 14

swindondad says...

IF these individuals are caught (someone will know who they are) then IMHO they should be charged with Attempted Murder. No slap on the wrist, no community service order just lock them up.
IF these individuals are caught (someone will know who they are) then IMHO they should be charged with Attempted Murder. No slap on the wrist, no community service order just lock them up. swindondad
  • Score: 25

9:31am Wed 6 Aug 14

Isthisthebestswindon cando says...

Certainly a very robust response is required, and a harsh penalty for the culprit or culprits when (if) they are caught. I live not far from where this incident took place and, sadly, am not surprised it was over here. The vandalism and mindless destruction in the area is a consistent theme with, disappointingly little in the way of proactive efforts by the constabulary to get it under control.
Certainly a very robust response is required, and a harsh penalty for the culprit or culprits when (if) they are caught. I live not far from where this incident took place and, sadly, am not surprised it was over here. The vandalism and mindless destruction in the area is a consistent theme with, disappointingly little in the way of proactive efforts by the constabulary to get it under control. Isthisthebestswindon cando
  • Score: 15

9:45am Wed 6 Aug 14

Oik1 says...

4:38pm Tuesday 5th August 2014

THAMESDOWN Transport has issued a warning to motorists to be alert for vandals after a windscreen was smashed by someone throwing a ‘missile’ from a footbridge over Tewkesbury Way.

From yesterday, just in case anyone from the Swindon Advertiser takes any interest in what they report on-line.
4:38pm Tuesday 5th August 2014 THAMESDOWN Transport has issued a warning to motorists to be alert for vandals after a windscreen was smashed by someone throwing a ‘missile’ from a footbridge over Tewkesbury Way. From yesterday, just in case anyone from the Swindon Advertiser takes any interest in what they report on-line. Oik1
  • Score: -3

9:57am Wed 6 Aug 14

Davey Gravey says...

They won't catch the thug responsible unless one of the youths who was there tells their parents or the police. Highly unlikely as they would then be bullied etc. Kids today are brutal.
They won't catch the thug responsible unless one of the youths who was there tells their parents or the police. Highly unlikely as they would then be bullied etc. Kids today are brutal. Davey Gravey
  • Score: 2

10:49am Wed 6 Aug 14

andawynck says...

Youths messing about and having a laugh letting off steam has always been. In most cases not thinking of any consequences. Surely the object thrown should have some DNA which may help. In the future all Crime should be minimal when all DNA is listed from Birth.
Youths messing about and having a laugh letting off steam has always been. In most cases not thinking of any consequences. Surely the object thrown should have some DNA which may help. In the future all Crime should be minimal when all DNA is listed from Birth. andawynck
  • Score: 3

11:29am Wed 6 Aug 14

molly60 says...

Instead of two " officers " flying the Wiltshire Pride Flag at Gable Cross they would have been better employed pounding the beat and maybe prevented the incident at West Swindon. Can they do the job they are trained for and not be promoters for "other" interests. I like a lot of others do not support Gay Pride but we don't go around having our photos taken with symbols of our disapproval, live and let live but its like having too much food down ones throat.............e
ventually you throw it all out.
Instead of two " officers " flying the Wiltshire Pride Flag at Gable Cross they would have been better employed pounding the beat and maybe prevented the incident at West Swindon. Can they do the job they are trained for and not be promoters for "other" interests. I like a lot of others do not support Gay Pride but we don't go around having our photos taken with symbols of our disapproval, live and let live but its like having too much food down ones throat.............e ventually you throw it all out. molly60
  • Score: 16

11:30am Wed 6 Aug 14

The Real Librarian says...

Davey Gravey wrote:
They won't catch the thug responsible unless one of the youths who was there tells their parents or the police. Highly unlikely as they would then be bullied etc. Kids today are brutal.
Quite likely the little sods filmed themselves doing it
The Police should pull a few suspects and check their FB accounts on their expensive phones, which they all seem to have despite Toothill being a "Poor" area.
[quote][p][bold]Davey Gravey[/bold] wrote: They won't catch the thug responsible unless one of the youths who was there tells their parents or the police. Highly unlikely as they would then be bullied etc. Kids today are brutal.[/p][/quote]Quite likely the little sods filmed themselves doing it The Police should pull a few suspects and check their FB accounts on their expensive phones, which they all seem to have despite Toothill being a "Poor" area. The Real Librarian
  • Score: 6

11:59am Wed 6 Aug 14

house on the hill says...

andawynck wrote:
Youths messing about and having a laugh letting off steam has always been. In most cases not thinking of any consequences. Surely the object thrown should have some DNA which may help. In the future all Crime should be minimal when all DNA is listed from Birth.
ooh can't do that it would infringe their human rights to take everyone's DNA at birth!!!!! Letting off steam is one thing but endangering life is quite another, but TV and video games just desensitise kids and adults to the consequences of this sort of behaviour, they just think you can press reset and everything is ok again!
[quote][p][bold]andawynck[/bold] wrote: Youths messing about and having a laugh letting off steam has always been. In most cases not thinking of any consequences. Surely the object thrown should have some DNA which may help. In the future all Crime should be minimal when all DNA is listed from Birth.[/p][/quote]ooh can't do that it would infringe their human rights to take everyone's DNA at birth!!!!! Letting off steam is one thing but endangering life is quite another, but TV and video games just desensitise kids and adults to the consequences of this sort of behaviour, they just think you can press reset and everything is ok again! house on the hill
  • Score: 5

12:04pm Wed 6 Aug 14

Davey Gravey says...

The Real Librarian wrote:
Davey Gravey wrote:
They won't catch the thug responsible unless one of the youths who was there tells their parents or the police. Highly unlikely as they would then be bullied etc. Kids today are brutal.
Quite likely the little sods filmed themselves doing it
The Police should pull a few suspects and check their FB accounts on their expensive phones, which they all seem to have despite Toothill being a "Poor" area.
Didnt happen near toothill. Was further up by Shaw ridge. Nothing to suggest this was kids from deprived backgrounds. They could live in large detached homes for all we know.
[quote][p][bold]The Real Librarian[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Davey Gravey[/bold] wrote: They won't catch the thug responsible unless one of the youths who was there tells their parents or the police. Highly unlikely as they would then be bullied etc. Kids today are brutal.[/p][/quote]Quite likely the little sods filmed themselves doing it The Police should pull a few suspects and check their FB accounts on their expensive phones, which they all seem to have despite Toothill being a "Poor" area.[/p][/quote]Didnt happen near toothill. Was further up by Shaw ridge. Nothing to suggest this was kids from deprived backgrounds. They could live in large detached homes for all we know. Davey Gravey
  • Score: 1

12:13pm Wed 6 Aug 14

MCdjGperkyWicked says...

Little Oiks need something to be afraid of.
Robust policing required.
Little Oiks need something to be afraid of. Robust policing required. MCdjGperkyWicked
  • Score: 4

12:39pm Wed 6 Aug 14

A.Baron-Cohen says...

bored kids out of school, it is pure luck it didn't strike a (morot) cyclist or a car with a family inside.......
If you know the culprit(s), call the police before someone gets seriously injured or worse!
bored kids out of school, it is pure luck it didn't strike a (morot) cyclist or a car with a family inside....... If you know the culprit(s), call the police before someone gets seriously injured or worse! A.Baron-Cohen
  • Score: 9

9:47pm Wed 6 Aug 14

CllrDJGAZZAperky@HaydenMaSS says...

Find the parents and prison if they cant control the little horrors lock them up.
Bring back borstal or the army their choice.
Find the parents and prison if they cant control the little horrors lock them up. Bring back borstal or the army their choice. CllrDJGAZZAperky@HaydenMaSS
  • Score: -3

11:46pm Wed 6 Aug 14

Phantom Poster says...

andawynck wrote:
Youths messing about and having a laugh letting off steam has always been. In most cases not thinking of any consequences. Surely the object thrown should have some DNA which may help. In the future all Crime should be minimal when all DNA is listed from Birth.
Here we go, the old "if you've nothing to hide" platitude. What happens when insurance companies get a hold of your DNA records and decide that you are a un-insurable? What about prospective employers getting a hold of it and seeing that you have a gene which makes you more susceptible to "alcoholism" or some other disease?

How would they get access to the data? Well the government would no doubt in future find financial benefits to selling it, just as they presently do with the electoral roll.

Wouldn't Hitler have loved to have lived in an age when you compulsorily get the DNA profile of every citizen. I'm sure that he could have identified a "Jew" gene.
[quote][p][bold]andawynck[/bold] wrote: Youths messing about and having a laugh letting off steam has always been. In most cases not thinking of any consequences. Surely the object thrown should have some DNA which may help. In the future all Crime should be minimal when all DNA is listed from Birth.[/p][/quote]Here we go, the old "if you've nothing to hide" platitude. What happens when insurance companies get a hold of your DNA records and decide that you are a un-insurable? What about prospective employers getting a hold of it and seeing that you have a gene which makes you more susceptible to "alcoholism" or some other disease? How would they get access to the data? Well the government would no doubt in future find financial benefits to selling it, just as they presently do with the electoral roll. Wouldn't Hitler have loved to have lived in an age when you compulsorily get the DNA profile of every citizen. I'm sure that he could have identified a "Jew" gene. Phantom Poster
  • Score: -1

8:57am Thu 7 Aug 14

A.Baron-Cohen says...

Phantom Poster wrote:
andawynck wrote:
Youths messing about and having a laugh letting off steam has always been. In most cases not thinking of any consequences. Surely the object thrown should have some DNA which may help. In the future all Crime should be minimal when all DNA is listed from Birth.
Here we go, the old "if you've nothing to hide" platitude. What happens when insurance companies get a hold of your DNA records and decide that you are a un-insurable? What about prospective employers getting a hold of it and seeing that you have a gene which makes you more susceptible to "alcoholism" or some other disease?

How would they get access to the data? Well the government would no doubt in future find financial benefits to selling it, just as they presently do with the electoral roll.

Wouldn't Hitler have loved to have lived in an age when you compulsorily get the DNA profile of every citizen. I'm sure that he could have identified a "Jew" gene.
If we were using DNA more widely, this would certainly put few people out of the game, but in the end this would be for the benefit of all, who wants bad genes leading to extra cost for the community?
[quote][p][bold]Phantom Poster[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]andawynck[/bold] wrote: Youths messing about and having a laugh letting off steam has always been. In most cases not thinking of any consequences. Surely the object thrown should have some DNA which may help. In the future all Crime should be minimal when all DNA is listed from Birth.[/p][/quote]Here we go, the old "if you've nothing to hide" platitude. What happens when insurance companies get a hold of your DNA records and decide that you are a un-insurable? What about prospective employers getting a hold of it and seeing that you have a gene which makes you more susceptible to "alcoholism" or some other disease? How would they get access to the data? Well the government would no doubt in future find financial benefits to selling it, just as they presently do with the electoral roll. Wouldn't Hitler have loved to have lived in an age when you compulsorily get the DNA profile of every citizen. I'm sure that he could have identified a "Jew" gene.[/p][/quote]If we were using DNA more widely, this would certainly put few people out of the game, but in the end this would be for the benefit of all, who wants bad genes leading to extra cost for the community? A.Baron-Cohen
  • Score: -2

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