Man from Corringham said he could have been killed after A13 yob attack

Terrified – Barry with repaired car

Terrified – Barry with repaired car

First published in Echo News

A MAN had a lucky escape when a metal bar dropped from a bridge and smashed through his windscreen on the A13.

Barry Restell, 61, was on his way back from London and was passing under the Purfleet Road bridge, near Aveley, when the foot-long bar hit his Ford Fiesta and ended up between his legs.

Retired Mr Restell, of Woolifers Avenue, Corringham, swerved across two lanes to stop in a lay-by – narrowly avoiding vehicles travelling at speed around him.

He came through the terrifying ordeal with just a bruise and a graze to his hand.

Police described it as a “potentially lethal act of mindlessness”.

Mr Restell said: “I was in the outside lane on the A13 and just coming under the bridge for Aveley and Wennington when there was an almighty bang.

“The windscreen shattered and I ended up with a metal bar between my legs.

“It was terrifying and could have been much worse. I pulled over and was covered in glass. I gathered my thoughts and called the police.”

Mr Restell said he was concentrating on the road and didn’t see anyone on the bridge. But he added he thought it was youngsters mucking around.

He said: “They probably just thought it was funny.

“I was due to go on holiday to Lanzarote two days later, so thankfully I could still go, and that gave me a chance to rest up and get over the ordeal.

“I’m just glad I could still go and that the whole thing wasn’t more serious.”

The windscreen cost £200 to fix. Mr Restell had the damage repaired soon after the incident, which happened at about 4pm on March 4.

A police spokesman said: “We are appealing for information after a potentially-lethal act of mindlessness in Aveley.

“Anyone with information is urged to contact officers at the Grays Neighbourhood Crime Team on 101.”

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3:50pm Thu 27 Mar 14

G.Fawkes says...

This should be treated as attempted murder.
This should be treated as attempted murder. G.Fawkes
  • Score: 40

12:03pm Fri 28 Mar 14

pembury53 says...

divert funds from speed scameras to CCTV on these bridges, as that may actually save some lives, in the long run.....
divert funds from speed scameras to CCTV on these bridges, as that may actually save some lives, in the long run..... pembury53
  • Score: 15

1:58pm Fri 28 Mar 14

niki-loo says...

its about time cctv was installed on these bridges. things like this happening. this man was extremely lucky
its about time cctv was installed on these bridges. things like this happening. this man was extremely lucky niki-loo
  • Score: 11

4:01pm Fri 28 Mar 14

I hate the police! says...

G.Fawkes wrote:
This should be treated as attempted murder.
Just kids having a laugh. There's not much to do nowadays for kids. I think the police should have a word with them and make them pay for the windscreen, but other then that, like I said, it's just banter.
[quote][p][bold]G.Fawkes[/bold] wrote: This should be treated as attempted murder.[/p][/quote]Just kids having a laugh. There's not much to do nowadays for kids. I think the police should have a word with them and make them pay for the windscreen, but other then that, like I said, it's just banter. I hate the police!
  • Score: -14

8:14pm Fri 28 Mar 14

Rio25 says...

I hate the police! wrote:
G.Fawkes wrote:
This should be treated as attempted murder.
Just kids having a laugh. There's not much to do nowadays for kids. I think the police should have a word with them and make them pay for the windscreen, but other then that, like I said, it's just banter.
Just banter?! I bet you wouldn't be saying that if it happened to you!
[quote][p][bold]I hate the police![/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]G.Fawkes[/bold] wrote: This should be treated as attempted murder.[/p][/quote]Just kids having a laugh. There's not much to do nowadays for kids. I think the police should have a word with them and make them pay for the windscreen, but other then that, like I said, it's just banter.[/p][/quote]Just banter?! I bet you wouldn't be saying that if it happened to you! Rio25
  • Score: 6

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