Town counts cost of vandals' spree

PUBLISHED: 07:21 28 September 2006 | UPDATED: 09:52 31 May 2010

Vandals left a trail of misery and destruction when they went on a mindless spree in Saffron Walden on Thursday night. They wreaked havoc in Thaxted Road, South Road, The Maltings, Station Road and Gold Street. Car wing mirrors, a motorbike and a double

Vandals left a trail of misery and destruction when they went on a "mindless" spree in Saffron Walden on Thursday night.

They wreaked havoc in Thaxted Road, South Road, The Maltings, Station Road and Gold Street.

Car wing mirrors, a motorbike and a double glazed window were all attacked between 11.10pm on Thursday and 12.30am on Friday.

Saffron Walden's Acting Police Sgt LisaCox said the night was one of the worst for criminal damage in the town for a very long time.

She said: "These were deliberate acts of totally mindless vandalism and a lot of money's worth of damage has been caused and has affected a lot of people.

"It was absolute stupidity, and is certainly one of the biggest number of cases of criminal damage in one single night we have had in the town for some time.

"A couple of independent witnesses saw the damage caused in Thaxted Road and were able to give us good descriptions which led to the men being arrested."

Thaxted Road was the worst affected area, with a silver Honda Civic, black Toyota Corolla, white Citroen Xantia, black Vauxhall Vectra and a Fiat Doblo all having a wing mirror broken.

A black Kawasaki ZR motorcycle was also struck with an implement and then pushed to the floor, resulting in £1000 worth of damage.

The vandals moved onto The Maltings, heaving a large slab of concrete through a house's double glazed window.

"It was a very large slab and broke the outer pane of the window," said APS Cox.

"Although it didn't pierce the second pane, but damage was done to the plastic seal around the edge and shards of glass fell onto the person's floor, and it will cost them £500 to repair the damage."

The yobs were not finished there and the wing mirrors of a silver Audi A6 and a green Peugeot 206 were vandalised in Gold Street.

A white Vauxhall Corsa in South Road and a blue Vauxhall Cavalier in Station Road also had a wing mirror broken by the vandals.

The police would like to hear from anybody with information which could help them with their enquiries.

Contact APS Cox at the Saffron Walden station on 01799 513232.

Four men, all in their late teens and early twenties and from the town, were arrested and released on police bail pending further enquiries.

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