Eleven cars targetted by vandals

PUBLISHED: 12:00 11 June 2010

Pc Mark Ellwood

Pc Mark Ellwood

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Police ask residents to be on their guard

POLICE are on the look out for vandals who damaged 11 cars in the same night.

The offences occurred in three roads in Royston - Minster Road, Orchard Way, and Willowside Way.

A whole range of vehicles were targetted, seemingly at random, and in the majority of cases the offenders scratched paintwork on the vehicles but on two occasions, they damaged wing mirrors and in one case, snapped a wing mirror right off. They also dented the bodywork of two cars.

Pc Mark Ellwood from the Royston neighbourhood team is investigating the incidents.

He said: “This type of crime series is extremely rare in Royston. Offences of criminal damage are actually reducing. To date this year, the figures are down 7.1 per cent - building on reductions of previous years.

“We are working hard to trace the offenders and ask the public if they have any information, no matter how small they might think it is, to get in touch.”

Anyone with information on the vandalism can contact Pc Ellwood by calling 0845 33 00 222 and quoting reference G4/10/416. You can also call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Police are also advising residents to make sure they do as much as they can to keep their vehicle secure. A range of crime prevention tips are available online at www.herts.police.uk.

Earlier this month The Crow reported on the case of Jim Chamberlain, of Willowside Way, Royston. He has had his car flipped onto it’s roof three times by vandals in the last few months. The last occasion saw the windscreen of the vehicle smashed, leaving disabled pensioner Mr Chamberlain virtually housebound while it is repaired.

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