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I was scared for my life, says driver after rock thrown at car at Norfolk/Suffolk border




Gemma Wiles with a picture of her Skoda after the driver’s side was hit by what is believed to be a rock. Picture by Mark Bullimore.
Gemma Wiles with a picture of her Skoda after the driver’s side was hit by what is believed to be a rock. Picture by Mark Bullimore.

A Harleston woman has spoken of the moment when her car was struck by a rock, which is believed to have been thrown by vandals.

More than 50 cars have now been targeted by people throwing items at passing cars on the Norfolk and Suffolk border.

“When the large object hit my windscreen, it sounded like a shotgun going off,” said care assistant Gemma Wiles, 42. “It made me jump out of my skin – I was scared for my life.”

The mum-of-two was on her way to pick up her partner at Diss train station when her car was struck near Thorpe Abbotts at around 9pm on March 30.

She said: “I slowed right down but carried on driving because I was worried that, if I stopped, they would come back and attack me.”

Ms Wiles is speaking out after a series of similar incidents on the A143 and A146 and the B1062 were reported to police.

“I am worried that somebody is going to get killed, which is why I’ve come forward,” said Ms Wiles.

“I was very lucky it didn’t come through the windscreen, otherwise I would’ve been killed.”

After the incident, Ms Wiles had to take time off work and her car was written off.

She remains fearful whenever she drives, especially along the road where the incident occurred.

She said: “You worry about your family driving at night. It scares you and makes you realise just how lucky you are to be here.”

Officers from Norfolk and Suffolk Constabularies are exploring the possibility that the spate of incidents could be linked.

Inspector Jason Selverajah, from Norfolk Police, said: “Such behaviour is extremely irresponsible. Throwing any item into traffic puts lives at risk, and anyone found to be doing so will be firmly dealt with.”

Police confirmed that a man, aged in his 20s and from the Loddon area, was arrested on Wednesday evening (June 12) on suspicion of criminal damage.

He has been been released on bail until Tuesday, July 9, pending further enquiries.


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