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Cars targeted in 'appalling' vandal attacks

Several cars in Cheswick Way had windows smashed on June 9 and another was vandalised while parked on its owner's drive on Sunday, June 15.

Karis Loone woke in the morning to find the back window of her Toyota Yaris smashed in
Karis Loone woke in the morning to find the back window of her Toyota Yaris smashed in

By Matt Long

Residents in Cheswick Green were left outraged after a string of “appalling” vandal attacks.

Several cars in Cheswick Way had windows smashed on June 9 and another was vandalised while parked on its owner’s drive on Sunday, June 15.

The attacks were the latest in a string of similar acts in the area over the last two months.

In all the incidents, nothing appeared to have been stolen and no attempts were made to steal the cars.

Police said they are aware of the vandalism outbreaks and had stepped up patrols.

One victim, Karis Loone, of Cheswick Way, awoke on Tuesday, June 10, to find the back window of her Toyota Yaris had been smashed in.

“We went outside to inspect the damage and noticed they had also smashed one of the passenger windows as well,” said the 20 year-old.

“Within five minutes three other residents had driven past and informed us about two other cars on the same road that also had their windows put through.

“I share the car with my partner and he had left £500 worth of cricket equipment in plain sight in the boot of the car.

“But none of it had been taken. It makes you wonder whether someone is doing it for their own sick idea of fun.”

A Cheswick Green community page on Facebook revealed numerous alleged cases of criminal damage within the area, with the earliest reported on April 15.

James McGough, who also lives on Cheswick Way, said he had fallen victim to vandal attacks twice in the past month.

He said: “About a month ago I had my windscreen smashed on a Friday night.

“My brother’s car then had its driver’s side window put through last week.

“Nothing was taken, but it forced him to have to take days off work which he didn’t want to do.

“It’s appalling and it’s shocking to think extra police patrols are needed to stop this sort of vandalism in a place like Cheswick Green.”

Sgt Dave Saunders said: “We urge residents to be mindful of security when leaving their vehicles and not to leave any valuables on show which could be attractive to criminals.”

 

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