Cars targeted in Barnstaple criminal damage spree

POLICE are investigating an outbreak of criminal damage in Barnstaple over the past few days. A large number of vehicles have been damaged in many parts of town, possibly between midnight on Sunday and 5am on Monday. Eighteen victims have so far contac

POLICE are investigating an outbreak of criminal damage in Barnstaple over the past few days.

A large number of vehicles have been damaged in many parts of town, possibly between midnight on Sunday and 5am on Monday.

Eighteen victims have so far contacted the police station to report damage including large scratches on the bodywork of cars and the kicking off of wing mirrors.

Sergeant James Tarr, a Neighbourhood Team Leader for Barnstaple, said: "We are urgently appealing for any information to identify those responsible for this appalling damage, which we believe was caused throughout a protracted period.


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"We strongly suspect that a sharp blade was used to inflict the scratches and are appealing to members of the community who may have knowledge of any person carrying such an item who returned to their home at approximately 5am on Monday to contact us."

Police are checking CCTV systems that cover the area of damage, which began in Bull Court and led through St Mary's Road, Derby Road, Frankmarsh Road, Lethaby Road, Poltimore Lawn, Goodleigh Road, John Gay Road, Gould Road and Wilshere Road.

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Officers have identified a suspect who is a white male of large overweight build with shaven fair coloured hair. He was wearing blue denim jeans and a blue T-shirt.

Anyone with information should contact Sgt James Tarr at Barnstaple police station on 08452 777 444.

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