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News Release

Spate of damage to cars in street

Dated: 24 Feb 2012

Police are investigating a spate of car damages in Newcastle.

Overnight between Wednesday, February 22 and Thursday February 23, 12 vehicles were scratched on Larkspur Terrace in Jesmond.

Numerous panels on each vehicle were scratched. Police are appealing for witnesses or anyone with information to contact them.

PC Mike Fawcett, of the Newcastle East Neighbourhood Policing Team, said: "The panels have been scratched to the bare metal meaning the vehicles will need to be re-sprayed costing the victims large amounts of money.

"This is absolutely mindless damage causing anger and frustration amongst those people affected. Criminal damage not only impacts on the individual but also the wider community.

"We're carrying out enquiries to trace the person or people responsible for this spate of damage and there will be additional patrols in the area. Officers are also checking CCTV footage.

"People are urged to pass any information they have - they can do this anonymously - about who is responsible. It's important these people are identified so they can be dealt with appropriately for causing such an extensive amount of damage."

Anyone with information can contact police on 101 ext 69191, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111. Callers to Crimestoppers could be eligible for a cash reward.