Stanwell stone-throwers warned they could seriously injure someone
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Police are warning that someone could be seriously injured if the people responsible for throwing or catapulting large stones into a road in Stanwell Village are not caught and stopped.
Over the weekend, police attended a number of reports of stones causing criminal damage at properties at the far end of Russell Drive, Stanwell Village. Despite numerous efforts, and the deployment of a police drone, the people responsible were not found.
Officers attended again yesterday morning and were met with a flurry of further projectiles landing in the street. One of these stones hit a police car smashing the wing mirror. Another landed only a few centimetres from the feet from an officer.
Neighbourhood Sergeant Paul Grinter said: "We believe these stones are being fired at random from the nature reserve behind the houses - often two or three stones at a time. The residents cannot enjoy their gardens, cannot open their windows and cannot park outside their homes. They are under siege. They live in fear of being hit by one of these missiles, which have already caused substantial criminal damage to property, and have been told some have taken to wearing cycle helmets when they leave the house. It is only a matter of time before someone is injured.
The Safer Neighbourhood team have been patrolling the location and working with our drone operators to identify where the projectiles are launched from. Officers attended again last night, and today. We have spoken with several residents who are naturally very worried and concerned over the incidents.
I would urge those responsible to stop, immediately. Catapults are not toys - if you are carrying a catapult with intent to cause injury, it counts as an offensive weapon. I would also ask anyone who walks on the nature reserve to be extra vigilant and report any concerns to police. If you see anyone firing projectiles from the reserve, dial 999 immediately."
Anyone who has information about the people responsible is asked to contact Surrey Police using the online messaging system at www.surrey.police.uk, by contacting one of our social media accounts, or by dialling 101, quoting reference PR/45210061779. If the crime is in progress, please dial 999.