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Dartford stone-throwing delivery driver jailed

Glynn Williams Image copyright Kent Police
Image caption Williams could have killed someone, the judge and police said

A delivery driver who threw stones at passing motorists, shattering windscreens and injuring at least two drivers, has been jailed for 10 years.

Glynn Williams, 37, of North Street, Dartford, was convicted of a string of charges at Maidstone Crown Court.

One driver suffered serious facial injuries during the attacks in 2015.

The UPS driver hurled the stones while delivering parcels in Kent villages. UPS said he worked for a subcontractor and had been sacked.

Sentencing, Judge Martin Joy said the offences could have been fatal, adding: "These were frightening and shocking experiences for these motorists."

One victim told jurors how she was driving and heard a loud bang, before the windscreen shattered and her children were covered in glass.

Another family targeted by Williams were on their way to Gatwick Airport to go on holiday.

Another woman told the court she saw Williams grinning as he threw a stone.

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Image caption A resident told the court she heard a loud bang before her windscreen shattered

Williams denied but was convicted of 14 counts of destroying or damaging property and recklessly causing a danger to life.

He was also found guilty of criminal damage, actual bodily harm and assault by beating.

During police interview, Williams denied any wrongdoing and claimed residents in the area around Cranbrook had a grudge against him.

PC Lee Oakley from Kent Police said: "It is no exaggeration to say someone could have quite easily been killed."

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Image caption Williams claimed residents in the area had a grudge against him

A UPS spokeswoman said: "The driver's contract was terminated by the subcontractor via their own disciplinary procedures.

"UPS can also confirm that it terminated its contract with the subcontractor in 2015.

"Safety throughout the organisation, especially road safety, is of the utmost importance to UPS. As such, UPS investigates all incidents and takes any issues raised extremely seriously."

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