smash­ing spree

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Front Page - By BEN TRUSLOVE ben.truslove@pe­ter­bor­oughto­day.co.uk @Et­ben­truslove

Po­lice team in­ves­ti­gate string of car break-ins and van­dal­ism

VAN­DALS car­ried out a string of ‘mind­less at­tacks’ across Bret­ton dam­ag­ing at least eight cars but tak­ing very lit­tle.

The thugs smashed side win­dows of eight ve­hi­cles in seven streets from Kirk­meadow in the north down to Dray­ton and Cleatham fur­ther south overnight be­tween Tues­day and yes­ter­day morn­ing.

It has sparked con­cern among res­i­dents anx­ious to avoid a fur­ther spate of anti-so­cial be­hav­iour.

Matt John­son had his Vaux­hall car pas­sen­ger win­dow smashed in Kirk­meadow.

He said: “It’s a real pain and means I’m half a day be­hind with work. I’ve never re­ally known any­thing like this round here. This just seems to be mind­less vi­o­lence. I don’t think there’s any other word for it.

“It’s not like they were just pass­ing the car, they would have had to walk up to it.”

One woman, who did not want to be named, was shocked to dis­cover her friend’s car had been bro­ken into in Cleatham but only an empty bot­tle of af­ter­shave was taken.

She said: “It’s been nice and quiet for at least two years. I just hope this isn’t the start of some­thing new. It does tend to hap­pen when the weather gets a bit nicer.

“I’ve seen a few more po­lice­men out and about since, which is good. I just hope they catch them. It’s a huge in­con­ve­nience for ev­ery­one.”

Dave Reed, who owns a house in Ben­land, was not a vic­tim but said van­dals had tar­geted houses along a sim­i­lar route six months ago, daub­ing graf­fiti tags on doors but only on one side of the path.

He said: “There’s not usu­ally much dam­age around here, it’s nor­mally quiet round here.

“But this is the main path be­tween north and south Bret­ton and there are a lot of places to dis­ap­pear.”

De­tec­tives have now launched an in­ves­ti­ga­tion and have been car­ry­ing out door-to-door in­quiries.

Two break-ins were re­ported in Cleatham. The first saw the front pas­sen­ger win­dow of a Re­nault Scenic smashed be­tween 10.30pm and 6.30am but noth­ing taken while the sec­ond saw an empty bot­tle of af­ter­shave stolen from a Skoda at about 8.30am yes­ter­day.

Cars were also tar­geted in Eyre­scroft, Ben­land, Risby, Mid­dle­ton, Dray­ton and Kirk­meadow.

A sat-nav was stolen from a Ford Fi­esta in Mid­dle­ton and CDS were taken from a blue Rover in Dray­ton but noth­ing else has been stolen.

Po­lice are ap­peal­ing for any­one with in­for­ma­tion to call 101.

aware­ness: Launch of the Diesel Spills Kill cam­paign, by En­ter­prise Peter­bor­ough and Peter­bor­ough MAG from left, Dave Ham­mond, David Pattinson, Tracy Wy­att, An­drew Prowt­ing and Mick Barker. (METP-16-05-12BD303) Picture: BEN DAVIS.

crime scene: A string of cars were dam­aged in Bret­ton.

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