More vandalism attacks on town’s vehicles

Ian McNicol damaged vehicle on the Crescent. Picture Richard Ponter 123031b
Ian McNicol damaged vehicle on the Crescent. Picture Richard Ponter 123031b

“Mindless” vandals have keyed 10 cars parked on a Scarborough street in the latest random attack on vehicles in the town.

Police say the owners of the cars, which were parked along Gordon Street, have been left extremely upset following the attack on Sunday night.

Officers have now stepped up patrols in the area in an attempt to collar the culprits, who left deep scratches along the side of the vehicles.

It is the latest in a string of vandalism attacks in the town over the past few months, which have seen dozens of cars scratched and tyres slashed.

Sgt Kevin Dunn, from Scarborough Police, said: “We are really disappointed about it. We have done some house-to-house inquiries and we are appealing for anyone who saw anything to give us a call.

“It’s just mindless. Nobody achieves anything from it. A lot of people are quite upset as you can imagine.

“We don’t know if they are picking individual cars or if random vehicles are being targeted.”

Last month rampaging vandals scratched and spray painted at least nine vehicles parked on The Crescent.

The crime spree has sparked an urgent police appeal for information.

Sgt Dunn said: “We are still looking into the incident last month. We do have some CCTV footage which we are very interested in.

“We are not necessarily looking at gangs of people, it could be an individual.

“They are similar attacks but we have no evidence to link them as related incidents. It’s really frustrating.”

In January yellow paint was thrown over Scarborough’s Freddie Gilroy statue, however police are not linking the attacks.

Anyone with any information is being urged to call PC Alex Parker at Scarborough Police on 101.

Timeline of vandalism spree:

Sunday, August 26

Ten cars parked in Gordon Street were scratched overnight.

Friday, july 27

Nine cars parked in The Crescent were sprayed with yellow paint and scratched overnight.

Wednesday, july 25

Three vehicles parked in the Esplanade were scratched and police are trying to trace three youths who were spotted at the scene at around 12.30am.

Saturday, July 21

A car parked near the skate park in Marine Drive had three tyres slashed and the paintwork badly scratched between 1.45pm and 8pm.

Saturday, June 30

Between 5pm and 5.15pm, 15 cars had their tyres slashed in Asquith Avenue, Milton Avenue, and Rosebery Avenue. A further three vehicles were damaged on the forecourt of the Arundle’s Peugeot garage in Seamer Road.