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Deaths on UK roads

Major incidents of the crime are widely reported. In recent years there have
been four such cases which have resulted in deaths on UK roads.

Michael Little (53)
Michael suffered heart failure after a brick thrown at his 40-tonne lorry from an overhead bridge smashed through his windscreen in March 2003. Craig Harman, 20, was sentenced to six years imprisonment on a charge of manslaughter.

Laurence McCourt (68)
Laurence died after his windscreen was hit by a breeze block dropped from a bridge near Great Doddington, Northamptonshire in July 2007. Dean Ingram, (15), received three years and four months after admitting manslaughter. Jamie Winter (15), received a 12-month detention and training order after admitting causing danger to road users. The third boy involved cannot be named for legal reasons.

Suzanne Singer (40)
Suzanne died after her Vauxhall Corsa veered into a tree on emerging
from under a bridge on the A127 at Dunton near Basildon Essex, in December 2007.
It was reported at the time: "An Essex Police spokesman said: 'We are getting various people phoning us saying their cars have been struck with stones, pellets and branches along the A127 between Basildon and the M25 on the days preceding this incident'". However police found no evidence to suggest the smash was caused by a missile and no-one was charged.

John Wells
John was killed and six injured after school children threw stones at cars on the A465 near to Merthyr Tydfil in South Wales in July 2008. John Wells swerved and
crashed as a consequence. Three youths were convicted: a girl aged 12 at the time
who cannot be named but who received 2 years detention, Luke Cotter, aged 15 at
the time who received four years detention and his half-brother Alan Type, aged 14 at the time, who received three years detention. They said they did it 'for a laugh'.


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