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Woman tells of moment rock thrown at their car in Preston

Posted on - 16th July, 2018 - 5:37pm | Author - | Posted in - Ashton-on-Ribble, Crime, Preston News, Riversway
Damage caused to the window by the rock Pic: Claire Hughes
Damage caused to the window by the rock Pic: Claire Hughes

A Preston mum has told of her shock after a rock was thrown at their car.

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Claire Hughes was in Riversway when the large pebble came through the passenger window sending glass shattering across her, her partner and their children.

The 32-year-old told Blog Preston about the moment their car was apparently attacked.

She said: “There was just a huge bang. We’re coming down there at 50mph and it must have been a pretty good shot to hit us.

“At first we thought maybe it could have flicked up from another car but looking at it they can only have come from someone throwing it from the trees nearby.”

Claire’s five-year-old daughter and her partner’s four-year-old son were in the back and were unharmed, although shaken, by the incident.

Claire has some bruising to her cheekbone where the rock hit her Pic: Claire Hughes
Claire has some bruising to her cheekbone where the rock hit her Pic: Claire Hughes

Claire, who lives in Avenham, said: “My cheekbone is just so sore after it.

“Although in a way I am glad it was me who was hit and not the kids. A second later and it would have hit their window and put glass all over them.”

The couple’s Peugeot estate pulled over 100 yards after being hit and Claire said her partner Ben walked back to the scene near the Arnold Clarke garage on the A583 (Blackpool Road).

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She said: “When we pulled up then Ben went into the back and was clearing away the glass, and he found the rock. He then walked back up the carriageway.

“There was a pathway there and it was obvious someone could be up there and then throw it down at passing cars.

“Since I posted about the incident on Facebook I’ve had lots of people contact me to say there’s been problems with kids hanging around up there and throwing things down at the road.”

The rock found in the back of the car Pic: Claire Harrison
The rock found in the back of the car Pic: Claire Harrison

Claire said they reported the incident, on Sunday (15 July), to police at the time but they didn’t come out.

She said: “They wanted to know if I was badly hurt and if the children were hurt, but they said there was nothing they could do really. We’ve got a crime reference number so we can use that for the insurance company.”

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A spokeswoman for Preston Police said: “The car was reported to be travelling along the road when somebody threw a stone at the car and it has broken a window.

“A parent and child are reported to have been hit by glass.”

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call police on 101 quoting reference 1814639.

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