Exmouth dockside businesses targeted by mindless vandal

BUSINESSES on Exmouth dockside are being targeted by a mindless vandal who scratches lettering from signs – causing hundreds of pounds worth of damage.

BUSINESSES on Exmouth dockside are being targeted by a mindless vandal who scratches lettering from signs - causing hundreds of pounds worth of damage.

The police are keen to hear from anyone with information leading to the culprit - who caries out the vandalism overnight.

PC Mat Helm, from Exmouth police station, said: "Someone is taking time to go around and meticulously scratch out the lettering."

Officers said the vandalism has taken place regularly over the last four weeks.

Exmouth Fisheries owner Mark Quilter, 38, said he faces finding several hundreds of pounds to replace his wall-mounted business signs.

Mr Qualter said he does not want to replace the signs - one is just six months old - until the culprit is caught, but is concerned the defaced signs look 'tatty'.

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Signs belonging to the Docks Caf� and the marina dock office have also been hit.

Mr Qualter said lettering has been disappearing over a prolonged period.

He said: "It's a nightmare. The signs are not cheap. It's been over four weeks they have been doing it.

"I have tried to go over it with a permanent marker but it looks rubbish.

"It always happens overnight. I have asked around but no one has seen anything."

Anyone with information is asked to contact PCSO Karen Capey on 08452 777 4444 quoting crime reference KE/10/941.

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