Vandals run riot
PUBLISHED: 01:01 10 January 2008 | UPDATED: 08:46 10 June 2010
BUDLEIGH Salterton is this week counting the cost of damage caused by a gang of vandals who rampaged through the town, smashing windows. The four hoodie-wearing youths used stones and pebbles gouged from walls to throw through shop windows in the Fore St
BUDLEIGH Salterton is this week counting the cost of damage caused by a gang of vandals who rampaged through the town, smashing windows.The four hoodie-wearing youths used stones and pebbles gouged from walls to throw through shop windows in the Fore Street area.Budleigh Salterton Neighbourhood Beat manager PC Kim Chapman believes the culprits live locally and is keen to hear from anyone who could help him to catch the vandals.He said a deliberately-started fire at the seafront shelter near the Lime Kiln car park a week previously could also be linked.PC Chapman said small areas of vandalism - such as graffiti - had been cropping up throughout Budleigh in recent weeks and he was keen to stamp out any further acts of destruction."The call came in at around 11.40pm on Tuesday after people heard glass smashing and youths were seen running up the High Street," said PC Chapman. "Vandalism is one of the things I don't understand. These people need to be stopped. "If anybody heard or saw anything that could identify these people, I would like to hear from them."PC Chapman said the vandalism spree began shortly before midnight.He said four youths wearing hooded tops had been seen running along the seafront in the direction of the Steamer Steps public toilets.He believed the gang then went up through the town, using the back streets, smashing windows.From Steamer Steps, it is thought the gang went along Rolle Road, where they smashed the window of the chiropodist surgery. The side window at the RSPCA charity shop, in Wragg Lane, was targeted next.The gang continued their trail of vandalism in Brook Lane, where they smashed three windows in a store room belonging to Carter's and two windows in the Lawn Bakery. A side window at the town's library, in Station Road, was also smashed after stones were thrown at the glass.If you have information about the spree of vandalism, contact PC Chapman on (01395)442431 or 08456568751.
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