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Drivers left with repair bills as cars are damaged

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: February 03, 2014

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MOTORISTS in Burton have been left counting the cost of damage caused to their cars after what police called a ‘nasty and vindictive’ act.

Cars were targeted in the Horninglow area over the weekend by someone who is thought to have dug a screwdriver or Stanley knife into paintwork, causing hundreds of pounds of damage.

Vehicles were hit in Belvedere Road, Wyggeston Street and Outwoods Street between Saturday night and Sunday lunch time.

Police received 14 reports of vehicle damage but many more are thought to have been hit which have yet to be reported, with posts on social networking sites claiming dozens of cars were targeted.

Officers will be carrying out house-to-house inquiries in the area and are to examine CCTV footage.

The offender was branded as an ‘idiot’ by angry victims who took to Facebook to voice their outrage.

Police said an ‘extraordinary’ amount of cars had been targeted in the same night and are eager to catch the person responsible.

Anyone who was affected and has yet to report it has been asked to do so.

Sergeant Bob Champeau, of Burton Police, said: “The offender has scratched the sides of the cars parked at the side of the road. We are not aware of who is responsible and would urge anybody with any information to contact us.

“This is a really nasty, violent and vindictive offence and invariably costs motorists a lot of money to make good.

“It’s not fair, people work hard and pay a lot of money for their cars.”

Sergeant Champeau said it was virtually unheard of to see so many cars vanadalised in such a short period.

He said: “To have this amount of vehicles damaged in one go is a very rare event and we will look to bring the perpetrator to justice. It’s an extraordinary amount, more than we normally get in a month.

“I would urge anybody who may have information to examine their conscience and let us know who is responsible by calling 101.”

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