Police warning after ‘sinister’ snowball frolics

PUBLISHED: 12:00 26 December 2010

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INNOCENT Weston shoppers were attacked and injured after a teen allegedly pelted them with snowballs from a multi-storey car park.

INNOCENT shoppers were assaulted and injured after a teen allegedly attacked them from on top of Weston’s multi-storey car park - with snowballs.

The 17-year-old Weston boy has been arrested, and will face magistrates at North Somerset Courthouse in St Georges on January 12.

He has been accused of launching the clumps of hard ice from the multi-storey NCP car park in Regent Street into the crowds of busy Christmas shoppers below.

A police spokesman said one victim lost his temper after having one thrown at his head, and responded by attacking the teen - and has himself been arrested on suspicion of affray.

In a separate incident, an off-duty police officer was also a victim of a snowball attack which saw her admitted to Weston General Hospital with concussion.

Town centre Sergeant Pete Land said: “In recent days police have dealt with several incidents whereby the perceived idea of ‘having a bit of fun’ by throwing snowballs has resulted in some serious consequences for innocent people.

“People need to remember that sometimes being hit by a snowball is generally not that well received.

“It is an offence to throw objects or missiles onto or across a highway whether you are in the street or in a building or even a car”.

Sgt Land said that those caught throwing snowballs could face ‘substantial charges’ of a public order assault charge.

The snowball that hit the off-duty police officer on the head was thrown from a moving car and a police spokesman likened the impact to that of a cricket ball.

Since the heavy snowfall across North Somerset earlier this month many antisocial snowball attacks have been reported to police.

Sgt Land added: “While most of this can seem like innocent fun there can be a more sinister side to the winter frolicking, in particular when it comes to throwing snowballs.”

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