Reckless act that could have killed

Youths throwing rocks off a Glenrothes footbridge narrowly miss a driver passing in a car as they passed.
Youths throwing rocks off a Glenrothes footbridge narrowly miss a driver passing in a car as they passed.

Glenrothes police say it’s lucky a motorist wasn’t killed after a vehicle was damaged by bricks thrown from a footbridge in the north of the town.

The incident happened around 9.00 p.m. on Saturday, February 7 on a stretch of the B969 Western Avenue in Collydean.

Police have condemned the act as “mindless and wreckless” after damage was caused to a vehicle following reports of youths throwing bricks and stones from the footbridge into oncoming traffic.

Police are now calling on anyone in the vicinity or travelling along Western Avenue at the time of the incident to come forward.

Glenrothes community Sergeant Kenny Greig, leading the investigation told the Gazette :“This crime is top priority for my team and I would ask anyone with information to contact us, anonymously if they wish.

“I am sure the answer to this crime is in the community.

“These crimes show an utter disregard for the safety of others and these reckless acts could have resulted in somebody being seriously injured.

“We want to make sure that the persons ruining the quality of life in our area are brought to justice.”

On the same evening the windscreen of a car was smashed after a block of wood was reportedly thrown at a car in Woodside Road.

In a separate incident also in Woodside Road at around 9.00 p.m. on Saturday the door of a vehicle was damaged after a rock was reportedly thrown at a passing motorist.

Sergeant Greig said a number of youths were seen running from both incidents shortly after they took place.

Anyone with information can contact Police Scotland on 101 or via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

The incident has been widely condemned by the community. Ron Page from North Glenrothes Community Council has urged anyone with any information to contact the police without delay.

“It is a stupid and irresponsible act that could have had a much more tragic outcome, we condemn the incident and hope there is not a repeat,” Mr Page told the Gazette.

North Glenrothes Leslie and Markinch councillor John Beare said those responsible needed to be reprimanded.

“On another day we could quite easily be talking about a fatality, it’s shear luck that someone wasn’t killed,” said Mr Beare.

“I urge people to remain vigilant and report any future incidents.”