A skip truck driver had a lucky escape after a brick was thrown at his vehicle from a bridge in Middlesbrough, smashing his windscreen.

Police are now on the hunt for the person responsible for throwing the item after the wagon driver’s vehicle needed to be recovered and repaired.

The criminal damage occurred on Tuesday 7 May at around 2.20pm when the large rock was thrown from a pedestrian bridge overlooking the A66 near to West Lane and Barnaby Avenue in Middlesbrough.

Cleveland police said enquiries were ongoing to identify who threw the brick and officers are appealing for information, CCTV or dash cam footage that could help with their investigation.

Investigating officer PC Richard Davison said: “Incidents like this can cause a collision and a serious injury, thankfully on this occasion the driver didn’t sustain any injuries however understandably he has been left shaken and disturbed by what happened.

“We are following numerous lines of enquiry to identify who is responsible and I am appealing to members of the public to come forward if they have information, CCTV or dash cam footage.”

Anyone with information can contact Cleveland Police on 101 quoting reference number 084010.

The incident follows recent warnings by Northamptonshire police that a fatality could occur after reports of young people throwing items from a bridge over the A45.