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Police in Derby ask for witnesses as car window is smashed whilst waiting at hospital traffic lights

Posted on 30th November 2017
Royal Derby Hospital traffic lights

Officers from our Littleover Safer Neighbourhood Team are appealing for witnesses after a car window was damaged whilst the driver was waiting at traffic lights. 

The strange incident happened earlier this month, at around 2.30pm on Friday, November 3, outside the entrance of the Royal Derby Hospital, Uttoxeter Road, Derby. 

The attacked car, a silver Ford Focus S-Max, was waiting at the red traffic lights when a white and aqua blue Transit type van pulled up alongside. As the lights turned to green the driver’s side window of the Ford Focus suddenly shattered. 

PCSO Monica Bhardwaj is from the team, and says: “The incident came as a big shock to the 50 year-old woman who was driving the car at the time. 

“Her daughter was a passenger in the car and says that as the van pulled off the passenger, who is described as a ‘young white man’, seemed to be laughing. 

“We have been making enquiries to try and trace this van but these have proved negative up to now. 

“This is a particularly busy road at that time of day and so I would ask if anyone saw anything suspicious, that now seems to fit in with these circumstances, that they make contact with us".

The driver of the car, who lives in Chaddesden, Derby, said: “I was really shocked as the whole window smashed in to small pieces and I was covered in glass. 

“I had my pet cat in the car at the time and although it was in a pet holder, I was really worried that due to the incident it would escape and run on to the busy road.” 

The van was thought to have white writing on the side and either ladders or piping on the roof. 

If you think you can help please contact the team on 101 quoting reference number 17000477211. 

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