Leicester Mercury

Fingerprin­ts taken as yobs damage police car

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YOBS smashed a wing mirror off a police car and clambered onto its roof after a large group of youngsters was dispersed from a Hinckley park.

Officers were called to Clarendon Park where youths were breaching Covid rules allowing up to six people to meet on Wednesday.

Hinckley Police said: “When challenged, they were abusive and rude. On dispersing the groups and returning to the police car, we found the wing mirror had been broken off and they had been using it as a piece of play area equipment.

“Our crime scene investigat­ors have recovered fingerprin­ts and we will be dealing with those responsibl­e.”

Hand and shoe prints were found on the police car’s windscreen and roof.

The beat team urged parents in the town with children aged 12 to 18 to be mindful of where their youngsters are, as they could face a fine if their children are found flouting the Covid rules.

Officers also said: “This behaviour will not be tolerated – we have all been looking forward to meeting friends and family and with the behaviour we have seen tonight we will be back in lockdown by the end of April at this rate. Very disappoint­ing.”

There have also been problems with littering in several parks in the town over the past few days, as popular green spaces such as Clarendon Park have become busier during the warm weather.

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