Hoddesdon police are investigating a statement by Lieut-Col E.B. Hambro , of Hobbs Cross , Harlow , that he believed a shot was fired on Friday afternoon at Broxbourne at the railway coach in which he and his mother-in-law were travelling to Cambridge .
A missile struck the window of the first-class coach in which they were sitting just as the train, the 3.35 from Liverpool Street to Cambridge , passed under the railway bridge at Broxbourne .
The hole , similar to that made by a bullet , was made in the glass .
Lieut-Col Hambro alighted at Broxbourne and reported the incident .
He told a Mercury reporter : ” Just before we came into Broxbourne station there was a crack followed by a shower of glass . Something which one can only presume to be a bullet , or something like it , hit the top of the window of our carriage and made a small hole and shattered glass fell inside the carriage . From my experience , I would say it was caused by a bullet , or even a powerful airgun . Fortunately neither my mother-in-law nor myself were hurt , and I reported the matter at Broxbourne station “.
Station staff made a rapid check to ascertain whether any other coach had been struck , but no further damage was found .
An inspection was also made of the railway bridge without result .
Lieut-Col Hambro , who was formerly in the 15th Hussars , served during the war in the Middle Eat , Italy and Sicily , and other parts with the 4th Armoured Brigade .