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Stone-throwing attacks on A120 traffic: Essex Police interview 14-year-old Bishop's Stortford boy

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A 14-year-old boy from Bishop's Stortford has been interviewed by police in connection with reports of stones being thrown at moving vehicles through Birchanger Wood.

In a statement released on Thursday (February 6), Essex Police said that the teenager had been questioned in the presence of his parents at an address in the town.

"He continues to assist us with our enquiries," said a spokesperson.

Footage from the drone over the A120 Birchanger Woods area (28512417)
Footage from the drone over the A120 Birchanger Woods area (28512417)

"We are working with Hertfordshire Constabulary after receiving up to 20 reports since Friday 20 September 2019 of vehicles being damaged along the A120 and B1383 Stansted Road. We believe the damage was caused by stones or pellets that are either thrown or fired at vehicles.

"Since then we have been carrying out high-visibility patrols in the area, we have been talking to schools and we are working with partner agencies such as Essex County Council and the Highways Agency."

Uttlesford police tweeted on Wednesday: "In the early hours of the morning our community policing team made a positive arrest of a suspect in regards to the criminal damage to vehicles on the A120. Following a positive house search the suspect was interviewed in regards to the investigations. Enquiries are ongoing. A big thank you to #hertspolice for the initial support this morning."

In their efforts to detect the culprits, police have sent up drones from Stansted Airport to fly over the areas where cars have been hit. They have also been carrying out covert patrols in the woods at night as well as increasing their visible presence during the day.

There have been unconfirmed reports on social media of vehicles being hit by objects on the Hertfordshire stretch of the A120 bypass, between the Stansted Road and Tesco roundabouts, and on the A1184 St James Way between the Tesco and Thorley Wash roundabouts.

Anyone with information is asked to call Uttlesford police on 101 or report information online at www.essex.police.uk. Alternatively, you can call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.

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