Child hit in the leg after stone thrown through Glider window in West Belfast

PSNI on Glider (stock image)
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A child was hit in the leg after a stone was thrown through the window of the Glider in West Belfast as police issue warning over reports of criminal damage and anti-social behaviour.

Police received two reports of incidents involving the Glider in the Stewartstown Road area on Friday, May 31, with the first taking place at around 4pm when a group of youths climbed onto the roof of the vehicle.

Chief Inspector Conway said: “We received two reports yesterday, Friday 31st May, concerning Gliders that were in the Stewartstown Road area of the city.

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“Shortly before 4pm it was reported youths were on a Glider roof. No damage was caused and thankfully, no injuries were reported.

“However, we cannot stress enough how incredibly dangerous and reckless this type of behaviour is and someone could end up seriously injured.

“Officers attended following this report - though no youths in the area were detected.”

The second incident took place at around 7pm when a stone or rock was thrown through the window of the Glider, hitting a young child in the leg.

Chief Inspector Conway continued: “Thankfully, medical attention was not required and our investigation is continuing at this time to determine exactly what happened.

“Those involved in this type of behaviour need to be aware of the seriousness of their actions.

“Even a small stone can shatter a windscreen, obstruct the view of the driver and cause a collision that could result in serious injury or even death.

“Officers, including those from our Safe Transport Team will be out and about this weekend – increasing patrols in the area to prevent reoccurrences of any such reports.

“We would also ask parents and guardians to also speak to their young people and to know where they are to prevent them from engaging in behaviour which could result in injury or a criminal record.

“Enquiries into both of these reports are continuing and we would appeal to anyone with any information or who may have mobile or other footage of what happened, to contact police on 101 quoting references 1157 and 1534 31/05/24.

"Alternatively, you can submit a report online using the non-emergency reporting form via www.psni.police.uk/makeareport/."

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