Hunt for car smash yobs

Coun Roger Berry
Coun Roger Berry

POLICE are appealing for information after vandals went on a wrecking spree on a Fylde coast road.

Three vehicles were damaged in separate incidents on Blackpool Old Road, Poulton.

Officers believe the incidents occurred at various times between 6pm and 8am on Thursday December 1 and Friday December 2.

One sickening crime saw a white Vauxhall Movano targeted by thugs who threw an empty wine bottle at the nearside window causing it to smash.

In a later incident, vandals smashed both the nearside and offside wing mirrors of a silver Vauxhall Astra, parked on the road outside a semi-detached house.

It is believed the vandals kicked the mirrors causing them to twist and shatter.

The final incident involved a blue Volkswagen Polo, which was parked in the driveway of a property on Blackpool Old Road.

The criminals smashed the rear window of the vehicle with an unknown implement.

Poulton councillor Roger Berry, who is neighbourhood services portfolio holder on Wyre Council, said the crimes were “distressing”.

He said: “It is mindless vandalism which costs the car owner a lot of emotional upset and hundreds, if not thousands, of pounds in repairs.

“And it is the cost of having the vehicle off the road and the inconvenience that causes as well.

“It is extremely distressing for the victim, especially when vandals are actually encroaching onto their property to cause the damage – that adds another dimension to the crime.

“Fortunately we don’t get a lot of this type of crime but they do tend to occur in spates from time to time.

“And I really would appeal to anyone who may have seen anything suspicious to get in touch with police or their local PCSO’s so they can have a look out for who is doing this.”

A police spokesman added: “We would appeal for anyone with information about any of the incidents to come forward and contact police.

“These are serious offences and have left the victims not only very upset but having to pay to get their cars fixed.

“Poulton Neighbourhood Police Team can be contacted on (01995) 607869.

“Or call us on 08451 25 35 45.”