Leeds dad and daughters in windscreen terror

ORDEAL: Stephen Wood and daughters Courtney and Savannah by the car.
ORDEAL: Stephen Wood and daughters Courtney and Savannah by the car.
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A FATHER and his two daughters were left shaken and terrified after thugs smashed their car windscreen with an object dropped from a Leeds overpass.

Stephen Wood, from Chapel Allerton, was driving home from a trip to the cinema with daughters Savannah, 16, and Courtney, 13, when a round object was dropped on to their windscreen as they left a tunnel before the turning for Claypit Lane on the A58.

The object, which Mr Wood believes could have been a cricket ball, smashed into the bottom of the windscreen of his Seat Leon, forcing him to pull over to narrowly avoid a potential accident.

Police say they are now investigating the incident and have appealed for witnesses to come forward.

Mr Wood told the YEP: “We were just driving back from the cinema and had come through the tunnels when all of a sudden, something smashed into the windscreen. I didn’t know what it was, but it looked round and red, like a cricket ball.

“Luckily, it didn’t come right through the windscreen or I think I might have lost control and there were a lot of cars about doing at least 40mph.

“If it hadn’t been for a bit of quick thinking and a bit of luck, it could have been a lot worse.”

Mr Wood managed to keep control of the car and pull over as soon as possible.

But he said both he and his daughters were shaken up by the incident.

He said: “My daughters were both screaming when it happened. I just can’t believe someone would do that, it’s so dangerous.”

Mr Wood said the incident happened so quickly, he did not see anyone on the overpass above before the object smashed into his windscreen.

A West Yorkshire Police spokesman told the YEP that officers had reviewed CCTV from the scene, which was captured at the time of the incident.

The object was dropped last Friday at around 10pm.

He added: “Police would appeal for any witnesses or anyone with any information to contact the city neighbourhood policing team via 101.”


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