Concrete blocks dropped on to A12 - Family of injured woman pleads with public to come forward with information
The family of a disabled woman who was seriously injured when a
concrete block was dropped on to her car from a bridge on the A12
has pleaded for anyone with information to come forward.
Carol Manley, 57, suffered multiple rib and facial
injuries when a bucket sized block smashed through the windscreen
of her Nissan Note as it passed under West Hanningfield Road
Bridge near Galleywood just after 10pm on Thursday, December 1,
Photo: The bucket size concrete block that hit Mr and Mrs Manley's
The grandmother of 11, who suffers from epilepsy and
arthritis, had only just recovered from serious stomach
surgery when she was struck by the block on her way home to Harold
Hill after visiting friends.
She is now in Broomfield Hospital recovering from reconstructive
facial surgery but her husband Steve, 56, and daughter
Michelle Clifton, 37, say she is lucky to be alive.
Steve, who is due to celebrate his 38th wedding anniversary with
Carol on December 15, said: "We must help catch the people or
person who is doing this and put them away before an innocent
person is killed.
"If the concrete had struck the car six inches further forward my
wife wouldn't be here today. My children could have been carrying
"The police can't do this without us, they need our help."
Steve, 56, had been driving the car and suffered minor cuts
and bruises in the attack which was the second of its kind on the
Thirty minutes earlier, mother and daughter Lisa and Stella
Horne narrowly missed being injured when a large rock was dropped
from the Fryerning Lane Bridge onto the Vauxhall Astra in which
they were travelling.
Photo: The rock that hit Lisa Horne's car
Police are treating both attacks as attempted murder. A team of 33
detectives and investigators are working on the case and officers
have idenitified the locations where the concrete block and
football-sized rock were taken from.
Michelle is urging anyone with information that could help police
with their investigation to get in touch.
She said: "I don't want anyone else to get a phone call like I
did telling me I could lose my mum. I had to tell my children that
their nan was in hospital and I couldn't guarantee she was going to
"Idiots like to brag so please, if anyone hears someone talking
about what they've done, please contact the police.
"They need to be caught, tried and punished however a judge sees
In the second incident, mother of two Lisa Horne had been
travelling home to Chelmsford after a day’s Christmas shopping at
Lakeside when the concrete stuck her car just before 9.30pm on
December 1, 2011.
Photo: (L-R) Lisa and Stella Horne
The 26-year-old spoke out about her experience
earlier this week in the hope it would help police catch those
She said: “It was as if someone had put their hands over my
eyes. I just heard a bang and my windscreen was shattered. I
couldn’t work out what had happened.
“I can’t understand how
anybody could do that. They’re obviously not normal, they’re not
nice people, they need to be caught.
“I walked away without a scratch but I’m scared it’s going to
happen to somebody else. I want them to be caught.
“I feel like someone was looking over me, I feel very lucky. If
I had been going any faster it could have been a different
“I’m scared to drive, I don’t think I’ll be driving in the dark,
I certainly won’t be driving down the A12 and I’m scared by
the fact that I may never have come home to my children. It’s
scared me a lot and made me realise how precious life
Her mum Stella, 48,
added: “I remember seeing a shadow come down from the sky and then
there was the biggest explosion. At the time I thought it was
something off of an aeroplane. It wasn’t until we got out the car
that we both realised it had come from the bridge.
“I just don’t know how they went home that night and slept when
they could have killed four people within half an hour. I don’t
understand how people could do that.”
Police have increased patrols along the A12 and bridges and
forensic examinations of the items recovered and the bridges is
Supt Trevor Roe said: "We have had a fantastic response from the
public so far but my appeal for information continues.
"Essex Police's focus is on the events on the same day in December
but as part of that investigation we are looking back at incidents
in previous years and looking at any possible links.
"We are conducting reassurance patrols across the 39 bridges on the
A12 that stretch from Ipswich to the M25.
"The sooner these individuals are brought to justice the
Officers are asking residents and motorists to remain vigilant
and report any suspicious behaviour or vehicles to police
Anyone with is urged to contact detectives in the incident room at
police headquarters on 0300 333 4444 or Crimestoppers on 0800