Cars damaged by yob pranks

Crime news
Crime news

YOUTHS went on a wrecking spree and caused thousands of pounds of damage prank which involved using cars as an obstacle course on a quiet residential street.

The victims are now facing the prospect of a four-figure repair bill and police today appealed for information that would lead to arrests.

Residents on Hesketh Meadow Lane, in Lowton, found large dents in the bonnets of five cars parked outside a row of terraced houses following the infuriating incident earlier this month.

One witness reported seeing several people, believed to be teenagers, climbing on to cars and running along them, jumping from one to another, on both sides of the street at around 9.45pm on Sunday February 2.

Officers from Greater Manchester Police checked CCTV footage and recovered footprints from the vehicles which are now being forensically examined.

But they are also asking for help in tracking down those responsible for the vandalism, which left residents picking up a bill in excess of £5,000.

Area PCSO for Lowton, Barrie Jones, said: “Residents are financially suffering with extra premiums and repair bills which could be as high as £1,000 each because of this behaviour.

“Anyone found responsible for this will be dealt with.

“We are asking parents whose children may have been out and about at that time on that day if they know where they were.

“At the moment we have not got any descriptions of those responsible. One resident told us that they saw two youths running away but we believe there to be more of them than that.

“We are not aware of any other reports of this in the borough and have never seen anything like it before.”

GMP are also investigating the possibility that the damaging of the cars may be linked to a separate incident on Tuesday February 4, which saw a group of youths tipping bins over in the same area of Lowton.

Anyone with information should contact police on the non-emergency number 101 or ring independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.

Those making a call to the latter number whose information leads to an arrest and conviction may earn themselves a cash reward.