One charged after alleged Blackpool town centre car thefts

Damage caused to Mr Harris's BMW in Blackpool Central car park
Damage caused to Mr Harris's BMW in Blackpool Central car park
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Police have charged a suspected car vandal in connection with thefts from two vehicles just yards from the resort’s police station.

Officers confirmed four cars were vandalised overnight between Saturday and Sunday in Blackpool town centre.

We are a little bit devastated – the car is all messed up

The incidents were reported to have taken place in Adelaide Street car park and Bonny Street car park – just yards from Blackpool Police Station.

Today officers revealed a 36-year-old man had been charged with thefts from two cars – a Range Rover and VW Golf – with damage to another two cars, including a BMW and Mercedes, under investigation by teams.

Holidaymaker Simon Harris, from Morecambe, was visiting the resort at the weekend with friends.

He parked his BMW in Blackpool Central car park on Saturday, only to discover both windows smashed on Sunday. The 36-year-old claimed his car was one of several targeted.

Mr Harris, who is self-employed, added: “We are a little bit devastated – the car is all messed up.

“What people would do that?

“It is left in what you think is a safe place, right next to the police station, but it gets attacked. It is not their (the police) fault, it is just idiots.”

Mr Harris said nothing was taken from his car – but he now faced a £500 excess charge to have the windows fixed through his insurance.

He added: “We will be more wary where we park next time we come to Blackpool.

“With it being near the police station you would think it would be safe.

“With the windows being smashed and all the alarms going off, you think the police would have reacted quicker.

“All my friends were a bit gutted for me.

“It was a long journey back to Morecambe with the wet and cold weather with just a bit of cardboard for protection.”

A police spokesman confirmed the incidents were reported to police around 3.40am on Sunday, with a man charged with two offences.

Neil Worthington, 36, of Saville Road, Blackpool has been charged with two offences of theft from a motor vehicle.

He will appear at Blackpool Magistrates’ Court on August 12.