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Sixteen cars damaged in Darwen hammer rampage
11:00am Sunday 13th January 2013 in News
CARS were damaged after a group of youths went on the rampage with a hammer.
Sixteen cars in the St James area of the town had their windows smashed and bonnets damaged in the spate of attacks.
It is believed the vandalism happened at some point on Tuesday night.
Sgt Dave Sherrington from Darwen neighbourhood policing team said: “It would appear someone has walked down the road with a hammer just hitting car windows and bonnets.
“There has been a lot of expensive damage done to the cars.
“We need people to come forward because it can be difficult to get a result in these type of cases as more often than not there is little evidence.”
It came on the back of a number of wing mirrors, including that of Sudell councillor Roy Davies, being knocked off in Olive Lane on Christmas Eve.
Coun Davies said: “There were about eight knocked off that night, so I don’t know if it is the same people or not.
“It makes you wonder about the mentality of some people.
“They seem to think it is a blameless crime and they can just go out and wreak havoc.
“I just can’t weigh it up. Damage to cars used to happen on a Saturday or Sunday night when people were coming out of the pub.
“An annoying aspect is that people won’t report it to the police.
“Each individual incident may only be worth a few quid, but together - and if the incidents are linked - it is a good £2,000 or £3,000 of damage that has been done.”
Town council mayor and Sudell councillor Eileen Entwistle said: “It is dreadful. Cars are people’s livelihoods.
“It is just mindless and they should be made to pay for the damage, or if they are too young the parents should have to pay.
* Two juveniles have been arrested and released on police bail.
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