Hammer-throwing BMW driver sought after road rage attack in Cinderford
A HAMMER-THROWING BMW driver is being hunted by police for launching the tool through the back window of an Audi in a road rage attack.
After smashing the back windscreen of the Quattro, the driver then picked up the hammer, turned around and calmly drove off.
It happened in broad daylight on busy St White's Road in Cinderford on Tuesday.
Police spokesman Chris Jackson said: "A man driving an Audi Quattro was travelling along the road when he became aware of a black BMW travelling behind him at speed. The driver is alleged to have flashed his lights and sounded his horn several times at the man in front.
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"Then, when the cars were queueing in traffic, the BMW driver wound down his window and launched a hammer at the back of the Audi.
"It bounced on to the rear windscreen and smashed it before landing on the road.
"As he drove away the Audi driver saw the driver of the BMW open his door and pick up the hammer before reversing and turning around in the car park of the White Hart pub.
"The BMW then drove off towards the junction of St White's Road and Valley Road."
A worker at the White Hart said: "You get a lot of cars whizzing round in our car park but this isn't something I'd heard about – I haven't heard any of the regulars mention anything either," he said.
One Cinderford motorist, who asked not to be named, said St White's Road was notorious for bad traffic.
"It's right near the school and I know that when the children finish for the day the traffic is a nightmare," he said.
"It can be infuriating getting stuck in it but that's no excuse for that sort of thing happening."
Road rage attacks of this severity are rare, police said, but not unheard of.
Mr Jackson added: "We have seen incidents of road rage across the county in various forms over the last few years.
"Our best advice in situations where you are approached by someone who may be violent is to attempt to avoid confrontation and ring the police if necessary.
"No one knows who the other person is and it could be that in confronting an individual you put yourself at risk of harm."
In a separate incident elsewhere in the Forest, a prolific fuel thief helped himself to £150 of diesel from the Brierley garage.
The driver of a silver Vauxhall Vectra pulled up on Saturday afternoon and filled several cans full of fuel before making off.
It's being linked to similar recent offences nearby and in neighbouring counties.
Call 101 and quote incident 381 of September 28 with information on that incident, or incident 335 of October 1 on the road rage attack.