Johns of Instow has been left with several smashed windows - and Westleigh Cricket Club was also vandalised last night (Tuesday).

The damage at Johns of Instow.The damage at Johns of Instow.

An Instow shop and pub have had their windows smashed in a spate of vandalism last night (Tuesday).

Johns of Instow owners Sue and Anthony Johns were called by police in the middle of the night, to find their shop and cafe had been vandalised.

It is understood The Quay Inn, just up the road, also had a window smashed at the same time.

And Westleigh Cricket Club was vandalised too last night, with the clubhouse damaged - though police have not confirmed if the incidents are linked.

The damage at Johns of Instow.The damage at Johns of Instow.

Sue Johns told the Gazette: "It is gut-wrenching to think someone would do this.

"But everyone has been so supportive and we're determined it's business as usual.

"We are just thankful no-one was hurt. They didn't manage to get in or take anything.

"We opened up this morning as usual as we have a lot of locals and tourists who rely on us."

The damage at Johns of Instow.The damage at Johns of Instow.

It is understood the damage was carried out by two men, thought to be wearing black hooded jumpers, at around 11.30pm.

It is thought one of the men had a 'long-handed implement'.

Police said both men were wearing hooded tops and were described as moving away from the beach on foot towards Bideford.

Sgt Ewan Seear, of Barnstaple neighbourhood police team, said: "We are investigating this incident and will be making visits to talk to anyone who may have witnessed the incident.

"We would also like to reassure everyone in the local community that we do not regard this incident as one that presents a current or future danger to members of the public.

"If you saw these two men prior to, during or after the incident in which property was damaged, we would very much like to hear from you. Any information could be helpful to our investigation."

Contact police by emailing 101@dc.police.uk or by calling 101, quoting reference CR/025178/17. You can also give information anonymously via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.