Shot fired at railway coach ?

Hertfordshire Mercury, 23rd February 1951


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 .



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