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Toddlers left covered in glass after rocks were thrown at a car

By North Devon Journal  |  Posted: August 18, 2014

Alfie Wills, aged 2, with mum Kerry and dad Michael

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TWO toddlers were left covered in glass after rocks were thrown at a car, within 24 hours it had happened again.

One boy’s father, 27 year-old Michael Wills, said the boys were “screaming” as rocks smashed one of the rear passenger windows, covering two year-old Alfie Wills in glass.

The other toddler, Tommyjames Baker, three, was also covered in glass shards after a second stone smashed the rear window.

“Both boys were really shaken up and screaming,” said Michael, who is a Leading Hand in the Royal Navy and due to leave on HMS Bulwark next week.

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He was driving with partner Kerry Bellamy, 26, and the two boys after visiting her parents at around 6pm on Saturday.

“We were driving past the Tesco in Westfield, Plympton, towards Chaddlewood, when a rock smashed the rear passenger side window and went all over our son.

“Another rock made a hole in the back window and landed on the parcel shelf. Glass went all over both the kids.”

The family pulled over in a bus stop a little further up the road, but by the time they stopped whoever had thrown the rocks had gone.

“Kerry got the kids out and tried to calm them down - they had glass in their hair and all over their clothes,” Michael said.

“Both the boys were very shaken up and screaming.”

“Luckily we don’t live too far from there so I went to pick up our other car and went back to collect them.”

Less than 24 hours later, at around 4.30pm today, another family had a brick thrown at their car on the same stretch of road.

Two children were in the back of the car, aged six and nine, with their mum and dad, who asked to remain anonymous.

He said: “We were on Glen Road just past Tesco when we saw a group of children aged between five and 12 lobbing bricks.

“One hit the side of the car. I pulled over in a bus stop and chased them through Westfield.

“I saw young children doing it - I gave chase but didn’t catch them. It’s a busy road, it’s not right.”

Michael reported the incident to the police, who are still investigating.

Michael added: “We didn’t see anything - my partner saw a bunch of kids just before it happened and a man working on his garden, which we’re presuming is where the rocks came from.

“We didn’t go back to look - we just wanted to calm the kids down and get them home safely.

“If the rock had been a little bit higher or lower Alfie would have been really seriously injured. And the glass could easily have done more damage to both of them.

“They calmed down and we explained what happened which they sort of understand.

“I just want to warn people to be observant around that area and parents need to tell their kids doing this could be life threatening.”

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