Cars damaged in Exmouth

Exmouth police are appealing for information after a spate of cars were damaged last weekend.

TROUBLESOME youths believed to have damaged scores of cars are being sought by police – incidents which one officer claimed left a scene of destruction around Exmouth.

Windows and wing mirrors on up to a dozen parked cars were vandalised by youths overnight between last Saturday and Sunday, September 12.

The damage was caused to vehicles left on a route from the town centre on roads which included Albion Hill, Phear Avenue, Hamilton Lane, Vale Road, Richmond Road, Barnfield Avenue and Jarvis Close.

A large group of both boys and girls were seen along the route by witnesses. Some of them were spotted carrying torches which police believe they used to cause the destruction.

Nikki Payne, police community support officer, said: “This type of criminal activity is highly anti-social and causes great inconvenience, distress and cost to the owners.

“We would like to ask any further witnesses to come forward, even if they do not know the names of those involved.”

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PCSO Payne said residents who live in the areas were woken by banging noises as the criminals targeted cars.

Police officers are in the process of checking CCTV systems in place around the town to see if they can identify the youths.

“We would also urge any members of the group described to come forward sooner rather than later,” PCSO Payne said.

She added: “We are currently investigating information that has come to light and it would be in their interest to speak to us now.

“In addition, we are asking taxi-drivers and those using taxis during these hours to think back to who they may have seen in and around the area.”

Anyone with information about the incidents should call Devon and Cornwall police on 08452 777444, quoting crime reference number KE/10/2365.