Second strike by car vandals

POLICE probing an orgy of car vandalism are now investigating a second spate of criminal damage.

Last week the Wigan Evening Post revealed that one man on a bicycle had been responsible for putting the windows through on at least 20 cars on Atherton Road, Hindley Green, and through to Atherton Police Station in Bag Lane in the early hours of last Wednesday.

Now it has emerged that more cars were wrecked on the same road two nights later.

Police today urged residents to be vigilant and said they were treating the apparently random attacks extremely seriously.

It is not known whether the same person was responsible for the second series of attacks - which took place between 12.30am and 8.15am last Friday - as the first.

But the initial series of incidents appears to have been carried out by one man.

One 33-year-old onlooker followed the culprit in his car as he waited for the police to arrive.

He said the man was systematically breaking driver’s windows of vehicles parked both at the side of the road and up drives. Sometimes he would get into the cars but it was not clear whether he was stealing anything.

At one point the vandal looked the witness right in the eye but simply continued with his destructive pedal bike mission. He remains at large.

The second spate of car attacks also took place on Atherton Road, albeit closer to Hindley this time.

Officers today appealed for information leading to the capture of those responsible.

Supt Stuart Ellison from Wigan Police said: “I understand that the community will feel alarmed by these recent incidents and I can assure residents that we are taking this very seriously indeed.

“We are urging any possible witnesses to any of these incidents to get in touch with us as soon as possible.

“Criminal damage is a crime that we take very seriously and this mindless and indiscriminate vandalism has affected a number of our local residents.”

Inquiries are ongoing to identify who is responsible and anyone with information is asked to call police on 0161 872 5050. Alternatively ring Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.