Snowball Fight Turns Violent

Police are looking for witnesses after a man was assaulted by youths after telling them their snowball fight was potentially dangerous.

Police are looking for witnesses after a man was assaulted by youths after telling them their snowball fight was potentially dangerous.

On Saturday 18 December at 6.30pm the victim was driving along St Johns Street, Kempston during the heavy snow. Driving conditions were extremely poor and the road was dangerous to drive on.  Because he was smoking the driver had his windows down and as he approached the Co-op store on St Johns Street, Kempston, he passed a large group of youths outside throwing snowballs.

As he passed a snowball was thrown through the open passenger window hitting him on the left ear and causing him to momentarily lose concentration, which given the driving conditions, was dangerous. 

The victim turned his car round and drove back up St Johns Street to outside the doctors surgery where the group had now moved on to. He stopped his car and got out to tell them how dangerous their behaviour was and that they should be more considerate as he could have lost control and run them over.  But as he challenged the youths he had a snowball thrown in his face and was then surrounded and punched and kicked by them.  He managed to break free and get back to his car, which was then also kicked. He then drove off.

Crime Investigator Edwards, investigating, said: “We don’t want to be killjoys but throwing snowballs at cars is dangerous and people need to use their common sense and not do something potentially dangerous.

“This was a serious and violent assault upon someone just trying to make these young people see sense. The road conditions were very dangerous and getting worse and had this driver or someone else using this road lost concentration because they were hit by a snowball someone could have been seriously hurt.

“The nearby Co Op store was very busy and we are asking anyone who saw these youths to come forward and help us identify them.  If anyone knows who these young people were or can help identify them it is easy to call me on 01234 275121 or 01234 841212 call Crimestoppers anonymously, on 0800 555 111.”

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