Cars vandalised in late-night attacks

This Is Wiltshire: A car in Conden Road where the vandals struck A car in Conden Road where the vandals struck

A GROUP of vandals left a trail of destruction in their wake in the early hours of Saturday morning as they set about kicking wing mirrors of parked cars.

In the space of half an hour, around 12 cars were damaged from Moredon to Rodbourne before the group disappeared under a subway close to Ferndale Road.

The bulk of the damage was caused on Cobden Road, where at least 12 cars were hit.

Becky Watts, 33, of Cobden Road, heard the commotion outside and rang the police.

She said: “I heard all the shouting and banging at around 12.30am. They went down each of the cars and started kicking in the wing mirrors, which was what the loud noises were.

“They annihilated the one next door before going on to ours. They were just walking in the middle of the street completely brazen. The police said it was an incident that started in Moredon and they have been following them from there.They went out of view and got into the subway.

“We get stuff like this all the time round here. Last summer we got burgled when they tried to get into the back gardens.

Mark Jones, 41, said: “It tends to be on the hot nights when they have got nothing better to do. They probably think ‘let’s get smashed and smash things up’.”

Joe McGill, 75, had the wing mirror ripped from his car while he slept.

He said: “I took sleeping tablets that night so I slept through the whole thing. They have really had a go at mine but I didn’t hear any of the commotion.

“It’s not the end of the world, but we did different things when we were young.

“Apparently they came from Moredon and there is damage all the way down.”

No arrests have yet been made in connection with the incident.

A spokesman for Wiltshire Police said: “We received a number of calls during Saturday night regarding five people causing criminal damage to cars. All involved sounds of disorder.

“The first call came in at around 12.05am from Moredon, and it seems they have gone from Moredon through Pinehurst into Cobden Road kicking wing mirrors off cars.

“The second call from Pinehurst came in at 12.20am, before a number of reports from Cobden Road came through at around 12.30am.

“One car has been affected in Moredon, one more in Pinehurst, and it seems around 10 to 12 cars in Cobden Road. We had three reports during the night and more came through this morning.

“Nobody has yet been arrested in connection with the incidents and enquiries are still ongoing.”

If anyone has any information on the incident they should contact Wiltshire Police on non-emergency number 101.

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7:09am Mon 16 Jun 14

gambon says...

no one had a wing mirror kicked off as they are DOOR mirrors please get it right
no one had a wing mirror kicked off as they are DOOR mirrors please get it right gambon
  • Score: -67

7:30am Mon 16 Jun 14

sadgit says...

Obviously no emergency police response then if the times of the reported phone calls are correct.
Obviously no emergency police response then if the times of the reported phone calls are correct. sadgit
  • Score: 16

7:43am Mon 16 Jun 14

umpcah says...

My guess is that these gentlemen had been to a party or similar in Moredon and someone must know who they are. It`s just possible that they are out of towners and eventually caught a train. The unfortunate car owners with unnecessary repair work to face really have my sympathy and I hope these vandals are caught and are firmly dealt with in court.
My guess is that these gentlemen had been to a party or similar in Moredon and someone must know who they are. It`s just possible that they are out of towners and eventually caught a train. The unfortunate car owners with unnecessary repair work to face really have my sympathy and I hope these vandals are caught and are firmly dealt with in court. umpcah
  • Score: 8

8:17am Mon 16 Jun 14

ChannelX says...

umpcah wrote:
My guess is that these gentlemen had been to a party or similar in Moredon and someone must know who they are. It`s just possible that they are out of towners and eventually caught a train. The unfortunate car owners with unnecessary repair work to face really have my sympathy and I hope these vandals are caught and are firmly dealt with in court.
As if that will happen.
[quote][p][bold]umpcah[/bold] wrote: My guess is that these gentlemen had been to a party or similar in Moredon and someone must know who they are. It`s just possible that they are out of towners and eventually caught a train. The unfortunate car owners with unnecessary repair work to face really have my sympathy and I hope these vandals are caught and are firmly dealt with in court.[/p][/quote]As if that will happen. ChannelX
  • Score: 10

8:22am Mon 16 Jun 14

semitonic says...

"The police said it was an incident that started in Moredon and they have been following them from there.They went out of view and got into the subway."

It's reassuring to know the tracking skills of our police are as thorough and successful as ever.

They got into the subway?! - well obviously that's the and of that then as the police probably couldn't be bothered to get out of the car. A good tip for all the escaped violent prisoners on the run this summer - head for the nearest subway, they'll never find you!
"The police said it was an incident that started in Moredon and they have been following them from there.They went out of view and got into the subway." It's reassuring to know the tracking skills of our police are as thorough and successful as ever. They got into the subway?! - well obviously that's the and of that then as the police probably couldn't be bothered to get out of the car. A good tip for all the escaped violent prisoners on the run this summer - head for the nearest subway, they'll never find you! semitonic
  • Score: 20

8:50am Mon 16 Jun 14

alwaysannoyed11 says...

gambon wrote:
no one had a wing mirror kicked off as they are DOOR mirrors please get it right
Or fender mirror or side mirror, who cares what mirror, they shouldn't have kicked it off!!!
[quote][p][bold]gambon[/bold] wrote: no one had a wing mirror kicked off as they are DOOR mirrors please get it right[/p][/quote]Or fender mirror or side mirror, who cares what mirror, they shouldn't have kicked it off!!! alwaysannoyed11
  • Score: 31

9:29am Mon 16 Jun 14

Davey Gravey says...

Er. If the police were following them why were they not arrested?
Er. If the police were following them why were they not arrested? Davey Gravey
  • Score: 8

9:32am Mon 16 Jun 14

mrwoo says...

The police are too busy eating takeaways in their nice comfy station in Stratton and cannot be bothered to respond. Complete waste of space!
The police are too busy eating takeaways in their nice comfy station in Stratton and cannot be bothered to respond. Complete waste of space! mrwoo
  • Score: 17

10:30am Mon 16 Jun 14

Dosomethingmutley says...

Followed then disappeared in a subway ? I would suggest that they were not being followed by the police at all, but were being watched on CCTV. I thought the whole point was the operators identify the incident and get the police to the incident quickly. Just watching it unfold suggests there were not enough police to respond or it wasn't important enough to bother with?
Hope the car owners insurance covers the damage, some of the casings for the mirrors cost a fortune.
Followed then disappeared in a subway ? I would suggest that they were not being followed by the police at all, but were being watched on CCTV. I thought the whole point was the operators identify the incident and get the police to the incident quickly. Just watching it unfold suggests there were not enough police to respond or it wasn't important enough to bother with? Hope the car owners insurance covers the damage, some of the casings for the mirrors cost a fortune. Dosomethingmutley
  • Score: 14

11:42am Mon 16 Jun 14

lordbuckethead says...

Bring back the birch. That would teach the scum.
Bring back the birch. That would teach the scum. lordbuckethead
  • Score: 9

12:50pm Mon 16 Jun 14

Jeff Lazorenko says...

Sub human scum
Sub human scum Jeff Lazorenko
  • Score: 10

1:11pm Mon 16 Jun 14

swindonurock says...

There will continue to be more and more incidents of petty crime and vandalism like this while sentencing for those that get caught is so lenient.

The yobs and criminals can essentially act with impunity these days, knowing that even if they do get caught (which is unlikely anyway) then the punishment is absolutely minimal.

Even those convicted of some assault cases seem to meet with barely more than a slapped wrist (probation; community service; nominal fine; caution) these days.

The softly-softly approach where the rights of yobs and criminals are seemingly held in higher regard than those of the victims will never be a deterrent, and will never produce any meaningful form of punishment.

Those convicted of minor crimes need to be punished harshly; those convicted of worse crimes need to be punished even more harshly.
There will continue to be more and more incidents of petty crime and vandalism like this while sentencing for those that get caught is so lenient. The yobs and criminals can essentially act with impunity these days, knowing that even if they do get caught (which is unlikely anyway) then the punishment is absolutely minimal. Even those convicted of some assault cases seem to meet with barely more than a slapped wrist (probation; community service; nominal fine; caution) these days. The softly-softly approach where the rights of yobs and criminals are seemingly held in higher regard than those of the victims will never be a deterrent, and will never produce any meaningful form of punishment. Those convicted of minor crimes need to be punished harshly; those convicted of worse crimes need to be punished even more harshly. swindonurock
  • Score: 11

1:14pm Mon 16 Jun 14

The Real Librarian says...

Davey Gravey wrote:
Er. If the police were following them why were they not arrested?
Because the Police can't be bothered to arrest criminals these days.

You could complain to the Police and Crime Comissioner, excecpt you can't because he is off work and there is no deputy.

Or you could complain to the Police Complaints authority, who will ignore you.

Or you could refuse to pay for the Police Service (?) through your council tax, in which case you will go to prison.

Or you could just accept the fact we live in a society which treats criminals like victims and law abiding taxpayers like sh1t!
[quote][p][bold]Davey Gravey[/bold] wrote: Er. If the police were following them why were they not arrested?[/p][/quote]Because the Police can't be bothered to arrest criminals these days. You could complain to the Police and Crime Comissioner, excecpt you can't because he is off work and there is no deputy. Or you could complain to the Police Complaints authority, who will ignore you. Or you could refuse to pay for the Police Service (?) through your council tax, in which case you will go to prison. Or you could just accept the fact we live in a society which treats criminals like victims and law abiding taxpayers like sh1t! The Real Librarian
  • Score: 9

8:09pm Mon 16 Jun 14

Hmmmf says...

Police Spokesman said:
We received a number of calls...
The first call came in at around 12.05am
The second call from Pinehurst came in at 12.20am
a number of reports from Cobden Road came through at around 12.30am.

Of course what we should be reading is 'the first officers were despatched at 12.05am, followed by backup officers scouring the area at 12.20am, and a number of other officers were deployed at around 12.30am. But we don't. No-one cares about the number of calls received, they care about the response, or apparent lack of it. Disappointing that the Adver didn't ask the relevant questions, like, what were the police doing for the half an hour that this crime spree was taking place?
[quote][p][bold]Police Spokesman[/bold] said: We received a number of calls... The first call came in at around 12.05am The second call from Pinehurst came in at 12.20am a number of reports from Cobden Road came through at around 12.30am.[/quote] Of course what we should be reading is 'the first officers were despatched at 12.05am, followed by backup officers scouring the area at 12.20am, and a number of other officers were deployed at around 12.30am. But we don't. No-one cares about the number of calls received, they care about the response, or apparent lack of it. Disappointing that the Adver didn't ask the relevant questions, like, what were the police doing for the half an hour that this crime spree was taking place? Hmmmf
  • Score: 5

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