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£50,000 bill for for spree of car vandals
AN ongoing campaign of car vandalism in which crosses are scratched into the paintwork of vehicles is thought to have cost owners £50,000 in damage.
The problem has been plaguing numerous drivers in Hampton for about two years and the Journal reported on the story last November when residents Sally and Anthony Taylor and Cy Garrett all had their vehicles vandalised.
Many of the attacks have seen an ‘X’ or ‘XF’ scratched into the paintwork and three more cars were vandalised between 6pm on Wednesday, August 14, and 11.45am on Friday, August 16.
The latest vandalism took place in School Road, Parklands, and Pershore Road.
Two of the cars had crosses scratched into the bonnets while a third car was damaged on the boot.
A man was arrested on suspicion of criminal damage as a result of one of the incidents, which was reported on Monday, August 19, and he was bailed until Monday, September 23.
A row broke out over the incidents on social networking site Facebook as angry residents took to the page Spotted: Evesham to air their grievances. Previous incidents have taken place on Peewit Road, New Road and Alexandra Close.
Mrs Taylor said: “We hope the police can sort it out now. They have told us it is £50,000 worth of damage overall.
“But they have said it is going to be hard to bring a charge against anyone for the crime. It has been going on for nearly two years now.
It is so frustrating. People want something to be done.
People want the police to make it a priority.”
Speaking to the Journal last year, police said that there was a particular problem with cars being damaged in Hampton and that high visibility patrols had not prevented more incidents from taking place.
Anyone with information about any incidents of vandalism in Hampton should call the police on non-emergency number 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
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