UPDATED: ‘Put a stop to it before someone gets hurt’ – that is the message from an Isle of Wight mum who has been left shaken after the car she was travelling in was attacked in Newport Town Centre tonight (Sunday).
The local woman was with her 2-year-old daughter and uncle when the windscreen of his car was smashed by a large stone thrown from the roof of Starbucks.
Pulling over immediately, the uncle searched the local area to see if he could locate the culprit. He witnessed a group of youths making their way down from the roof and running off down Scarotts Lane beside McDonalds.
However, the incident took another saddening turn when a young boy and girl – possibly as young as 11 – walked over to the damaged car and started filming the shaken mum and her daughter through the window. They then walked around to the front, filmed the crack in the windscreen and both laughed hysterically before running off.
The upset victim has said:
“There were approximately 15 kids hanging around in the group and we don’t know which one it was. But the 2 filming the car found it pretty funny, disturbingly, since they had seen my baby girl upset in the back.
“I feel that the parents of all of these kids need to do something now to stop this, or I can see something worse happening again”.
Hampshire Constabulary were called to the scene and recorded the incident.
It comes just a day after Police arrested 2 teenagers outside McDonalds on St James’ Street/South Street following a public order incident. A teenager was also taken to hospital after being assaulted on the same evening.
UPDATE @ 23:15 – Island Echo understands that 4 young teenagers – aged between 12 and 13-years-old – have been arrested and questioned in relation to tonight’s incident.
The suspects have been released without charge pending further investigation.
Police investigations continue.
UPDATE MONDAY @ 14:18 – Hampshire Constabulary have confirmed that 4 boys, all aged 12 and from the Newport, Northwood and Sandown areas, were arrested on suspicion of causing danger to road users and criminal damage.
The quad have been released without charge but remain under investigation.