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More cars damaged in Jesmond street

Dated: 28 Feb 2012

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Police are continuing to investigate a large number of car damages in a Newcastle street.

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

Then between Friday, February 24 and Monday, February 27, a further 11 incidents were reported in the same street. Numerous panels on each vehicle were scratched.

Police have been carrying out additional patrols in the street, together with house to house enquiries, have delivered letters to residents and are checking CCTV in and around the surrounding area in an effort to prevent further offences and to trace those responsible for the damage.

Neighbourhood Inspector Louise Cass-Williams said: "This is nothing but mindless damage carried out by people with absolutely no regard for others whatsoever.

"The panels on each car have been scratched to the bare metal and in many cases the vehicles will need to be re-sprayed. This is at great inconvenience and cost to the vehicle owner and has understandably caused anger and frustration.

"The people responsible can be sure we are treating this extremely seriously and are doing everything possible to find out who they are.

"People are urged to pass any information they have - they can do this anonymously - about who is responsible and residents are asked to be vigilant and report suspicious activity as soon as possible.

"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.