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Couple from Manthorpe escape injury after ball-bearing fired through car window on A1




A man and wife escaped serious injury when a ball-bearing was fired through their car window as they travelled at 65mph on the A1.

The window of Jon Bishop’s black Kia Ceed shattered, which sent shards of glass into the face of his wife, Mrs Stephanie Bishop, that caused cuts and lacerations.

The bearing, fired from a gun or catapult, was later found embedded in the rear child seat, which is often where the couple’s grandchildren travel.

Jon and Stephanie Bishop of Manthorpe, who had a ball bearing fired through their car window as they travelled on the A1 at Coddington. 291019DD3-7. (20416081)
Jon and Stephanie Bishop of Manthorpe, who had a ball bearing fired through their car window as they travelled on the A1 at Coddington. 291019DD3-7. (20416081)

Mr Bishop, 68, said they were lucky to have avoided serious injury, or worse, and were thankful the child seat wasn’t occupied.

Mr Bishop was driving north from his home at Manthorpe to a hospital appointment at Lincoln with his wife when the incident happened at about 2.45pm on Wednesday of last week.

It was just before the Coddington bridge turn off.

THE shattered window. (20398798)
THE shattered window. (20398798)

“We are just counting our lucky stars that my wife wasn’t more seriously injured, that the baby seat was empty, and that I was able to keep control of the car," said Mr Bishop.

“It was a pretty traumatic experience for my wife.

“My wife was suddenly bleeding from the head and had been shot. I looked across and the window was just shattered. She was bleeding and there were shards of glass in her hair.

THE ball bearing that hit the Bishop's car. (20398811)
THE ball bearing that hit the Bishop's car. (20398811)

“I pulled off the A1 at Coddington and reported it to the police.”

The Bishops then carried on to their appointment.

“At the time I was seeing the consultant, his nurse was administering to my wife, cleaning up her head wound and picking shards of glass out,” said Mr Bishop.

Mr Bishop believed the shot was fired from the region of a children’s play area at Coddington.

He is appealing for anyone with information about those responsible, or who witnessed anything suspicious, to contact police so a more serious incident could be prevented in the future.

“Thankfully I was able to keep control of the car. If I hadn’t, the results could have been catastrophic,” he said.

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