Fury as 60 cars are ‘keyed’ in a van­dal spree

Rochdale Observer - - FRONT PAGE - DA­MON WILKIN­SON da­mon.wilkin­son@men-news.co.uk @Da­monWilkin­son6

DOZENS of cars has been ‘keyed’ in a mind­less spate of van­dal­ism.

Up to 60 cars are thought to have been scratched in Whit­worth.

It’s feared the to­tal re­pair bill could run into tens of thou­sands of pounds.

Cars parked along Mar­ket Street and sur­round­ing roads were tar­geted in the spree.

Po­lice are in­ves­ti­gat­ing and have ap­pealed for CCTV footage of the at­tacks.

Lynn Crook’s Honda Jazz and her hus­band’s Kia Ceed were among the ve­hi­cles tar­geted. Four of her neigh­bours’ cars were also dam­aged.

The for­mer prison of­fi­cer, 62, said: “We can­not af­ford to get them re­sprayed - it’s not a pri­or­ity.

“My car’s old and prob­a­bly only worth £500, but it will prob­a­bly cost at least that to get it fixed

“I was due to ex­change it on Satur­day, but that’s prob­a­bly gone out of the win­dow now.

“The per­son who did it will prob­a­bly say ‘Oh, you’re in­sured’, but we still have to pay the ex­cess and then ev­ery­body’s in­sur­ance in the area goes up. It’s re­ally, re­ally an­noy­ing.”

On Thurs­day af­ter­noon at least a dozen cars on Mar­ket Street could be seen with deep scratches along the doors and bon­nets.

Res­i­dents say po­lice have been con­duct­ing door-to-door en­quiries.

Robert Bradbury is fac­ing a £1,200 re­pair bill af­ter his Jaguar es­tate was ex­ten­sively scratched as it was parked out­side his home on Mar­ket Street. He said: “It has been keyed all down the pas­sen­ger side and all over the bon­net.

“It will need a full re­spray which could cost up to £1,200.

“I am not calm about it, but there is no point be­ing ag­i­tated, the main thing is who­ever did it is caught.”

An­other cou­ple, whose Mercedes and BMW cars were van­dalised out­side their ter­raced home, de­scribed the at­tacks as ‘mind­less’.

In a state­ment Rossendale Po­lice said: “Be­tween the hours of around 9pm on Mon­day, Septem­ber 25, and 8am on Tues­day, Septem­ber 26, dozens of ve­hi­cle were dam­aged along Mar­ket Street, Broadley, Whit­worth close to the Rochdale bound­ary.

“The ve­hi­cles have been ‘keyed’ caus­ing deep scratches and costly re­pairs for many vic­tims.

“We have been con­duct­ing en­quires with vic­tims, neigh­bours and look­ing at CCTV op­por­tu­ni­ties.

“We are ap­peal­ing for in­for­ma­tion to iden­tify the of­fend­ers and ask­ing res­i­dents to check their CCTV to see if it cap­tures who is re­spon­si­ble.”

Any­one with in­for­ma­tion is asked to call po­lice on 101 quot­ing ref­er­ence num­ber LC-201709280252, or Crimestop­pers anony­mously on 0800 555 111.

●Lynn Crook, whose car was among dozens dam­aged

●●Dozens of cars have been ‘keyed’ on Mar­ket Street in Whit­worth, in­clud­ing that of Lynn Crook (in­set)

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