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Police received more than 70 reports of criminal damage to vehicles
WILTSHIRE Police has confirmed it received more than 70 reports of criminal damage to vehicles in the Old Town and town centre areas this morning.
Vehicles parked on several residential streets between Swindon town centre and Old Town were damaged between 3am and 5am – with many having their tyres slashed.
The affected roads include Stafford Street, Dixon Street, Prospect Hill, East Street, Wood Street, Evelyn Street, North Street, Raggett Street, Westlecot Road and Berenger Close.
Superintendent Gavin Williams said: "This sort of crime absolutely beggars belief.
"The victims of these crimes are hard-working families who have lawfully parked their vehicles outside of their homes and who have expected, rightly so, that their vehicles are safe to leave overnight.
"This is a particularly pointless, idiotic crime and I am keen to bring those responsible to justice.
"This incident is being robustly resourced and, if needs be, I will assign more officers to this case.
"Someone out there knows who is responsible for this and I would urge them, or the perpetrators, to come forward immediately.
"All information will be treated in the strictest confidence and any scrap of information might prove vital.”
East Sector Inspector Joseph Saunders is now urging anyone whose vehicle has been damaged to contact Wiltshire Police on 101 to make sure each crime is being logged.
He said: “We are increasing patrols in the area throughout this evening and tomorrow morning. I have members of the Priority Crime Team out working on the investigation and officers from the local Neighbourhood Policing Teams offering advice and support to those affected.
“So far we have received more than 70 reports of damage to vehicles in the area but, having been out to the affected area, I can see the total number of cars damaged will be considerably more.
“I would like to again appeal for anyone with any information on this incident to contact Wiltshire Police.”
Anyone with information should contact Wiltshire Police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111, where information can be left anonymously.