Could an Air Rifle be responsible for breaking the glass on Telford’s favourite

Could an Air Rifle be responsible for breaking the glass on Telford’s favourite bridge?

Telford & Wrekin Council has condemned “the calculated and mindless vandalism” that has caused three glass panels on the town centre’s new footbridge to be shattered in the space of three months.

Evidence clearly shows that the damage has been caused by someone using a high velocity weapon such as a pellet gun or an air rifle, probably fired from the Silkin Way beneath the bridge from short range.

Angie Astley, the council’s assistant director for Customer and Neighbourhood Services said: “This is a calculated act of mindless vandalism. It is nothing to do with the structure of the bridge, which meets all health and safety requirements.

“Each shattered panel has had a bullet hole in it and I am shocked and disappointed that anyone would want to do this to the borough’s newest gateway.

“We have increased the CCTV coverage in the area and are working closely with West Mercia Police to try and identify the person committing this crime to bring it to a stop.

“However I would like to appeal to local residents and regular users of Telford Central train station to help – someone knows who is doing this and any further information would be appreciated and reported via crime stoppers on 0800 555111 or by calling 101.”

The footbridge connects Telford Central railway station with Telford town centre and was lifted into place last year, spanning two dual carriageways and the main Shrewsbury to Wolverhampton railway line.

Pic: Sergeant Aaron Fortune, of West Mercia Police, and Angie Astley, Telford & Wrekin Council’s assistant director of Customer and Neighbourhood Services, inspect the damage to one of the glass panels.

19 thoughts on “Could an Air Rifle be responsible for breaking the glass on Telford’s favourite

  • September 4, 2019 at 10:19 am
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    Aaron Marsh told you they were bullet holes

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  • September 4, 2019 at 10:27 am
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    The fact this is happening at all implies that thid bridge for sure is not Telford’s favourite bridge.

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  • September 4, 2019 at 10:28 am
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    If the person is found perhaps we should fire a few air rifle rounds at them too!

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  • September 4, 2019 at 10:32 am
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    So once again not fit for purpose

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  • September 4, 2019 at 10:36 am
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    Lacie LC I wonder if yours was an air riffle? Xx

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  • September 4, 2019 at 10:36 am
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    Brecon Point. Alright fella

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  • September 4, 2019 at 10:37 am
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    I said it looked like a bullet hole on the first 1

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  • September 4, 2019 at 10:39 am
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    Am I surprised or shocked by this? No. Pretty obvious when a shatter proof, toughened glass, vandalproof, glass bridge is going to be targeted.

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  • September 4, 2019 at 10:41 am
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    Lee Shane Fisher, we know from experience that a legal Air rifle wouldn’t do that to such thick glass

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  • September 4, 2019 at 10:43 am
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    Todd doody Depending on what you fire the it young sunny it could close range .

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  • September 4, 2019 at 10:44 am
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    Gone a bit downhill.

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  • September 4, 2019 at 10:47 am
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    Her stare broke it

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  • September 4, 2019 at 10:48 am
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    Peter Overal An absolute tragedy

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  • September 4, 2019 at 10:48 am
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    Astonished that some people find this post funny!

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  • September 4, 2019 at 10:48 am
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    If an air rifle did that
    It would need to be very close or the glass is faulty if done from a distance

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