Police step up patrols in Exmouth neighbourhoods

PUBLISHED: 12:30 15 April 2016 | UPDATED: 13:42 15 April 2016

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Youths damaging property and trespassing over private land have prompted police to step up patrols in the Brixington and Withycombe Raleigh areas.

The move comes after youngsters ‘extensively damaged’ a fence near Withycombe Brook over Easter, cutting the wire, forcing their way through to use privately-owned land as a short-cut.

Police are appealing for help identifying the youngsters responsible for the damage at the rear of the Hillcrest housing development and Duke’s Crescent.

Police community support officer Chris Ball said: “Over the Easter holidays, it is believed youngsters have extensively damaged fencing.

“This involves a piece of wire fencing which has been intentionally and forcefully cut to allow access across private land.

“Police are in the process of speaking to youngsters who will help them with their enquiries.

“Police will also be actively patrolling the area to take names and speak to all youngsters using this as a short-cut to and from school.

“It is private land and the youngsters should not be trespassing across it. Access here has resulted in property becoming damaged.

“Police are confident that someone will know who is responsible for this crime and that they will inform police who that may be.”

If anyone has any information to help police with the investigation, call 101 and quote crime number CR/020911/16.

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