Police measures to protect drivers

New safety measures have been put into place by police in Birmingham after they received 15 reports of stones being thrown at motorists from a footbridge above a highway.

The police, together with Birmingham City Council, have implemented the measures to protect motorists travelling on Small Heath Highway in Stechford.

In response the council has fitted a roof covering and mesh panels along the footbridge to prevent objects from being thrown onto the highway below.

PC Daniel Pugh, from Coventry Road police station, said: "Fortunately, before the covering was installed nobody had been seriously injured.

"However, our officers and the council felt that immediate action needed to be taken to prevent serious or even fatal injuries to an innocent passing motorist."

He warned that throwing stones at vehicles could be fatal and he urged anyone who sees people throwing objects at cars to contact police.

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