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Suspected Swindon car tyre slasher caught on CCTV
THE suspected Swindon slasher has been captured on CCTV wielding a knife as he wanders through Old Town in the early hours of the morning of the attack.
Police have released the images and video footage of a man, suspected of slashing tyres on almost 100 cars in the town, walking through St Michael’s Way from Wood Street at around 4.30am on February 21.
There was widespread outrage at the crime, prompting the leader of Swindon Council and the Police and Crime Commissioner to pledge a £500 reward for information on the car tyre vandal.
Coun Rod Bluh and fellow Tory Angus Macpherson teamed up to see that whoever is responsible for the criminal damage is brought to swift justice.
The affected roads included Stafford Street, Dixon Street, Prospect Hill, East Street, Wood Street, Evelyn Street, North Street, Raggett Street, Westlecot Road and Berenger Close.
The video footage shows the man, wearing a grey hoody and white trainers, pull a knife from his pocket and stab the wall as he walks through the pathway heading towards Hooper’s Place.
East Sector Inspector, Joseph Saunders, said: “This is a large enquiry which we are investigating thoroughly.
“Due to the large number of cars damaged during this spate of vandalism, I am confident that someone must have seen or heard something in the early hours of February 21st which might prove crucial to this investigation.
“I would also like to thank the local community for their assistance in the case so far – we have had several people come forward with information already.
“I want to reassure the public and all of the victims in this incident that Wiltshire Police remain fully committed to finding those responsible and bringing them to justice.
“There are several lines of enquiry that we are exploring with regards to this incident and we are reviewing a large amount of CCTV which covered some of the affected area.
“Anyone who may have seen or heard anything between 3am and 5am on the Thursday, no matter how small, should contact Wiltshire Police.
“I would also ask people in general to remain vigilant of their property and neighbour’s property and if anyone ever sees anything they deem to be suspicious, then they should contact Wiltshire Police immediately.”
See the video at www.swindonadvertiser.co.uk Anyone with any information should contact police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.