Spike in criminal damage to parked cars has Banbury residents angered

Sussex Police has issued the tips to warn shoppers and revellers, as the festive season approaches

Sussex Police has issued the tips to warn shoppers and revellers, as the festive season approaches

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Police are appealing for information after a wave of criminal damage to parked cars in Banbury, believed to be carried out by a gang of teenagers.

Multiple incidents have been reported in the Ruscote and Hardwick areas of Banbury and involve cars having their windows smashed, tyres slashed, wing mirrors broken or paint work damaged.

The damage occurred between the hours of 5pm Saturday, November 12 and 6am on Sunday November 13.

Streets that were affected include Woodfield, Rye Close, Hereford Way, Banesberie Close, Forgeway, Humber Walk, Riley Drive, Ironstones, Frensham Close, Chichester Walk, Chetwode, Bath Road, Ferriston, Bettina Crescent and Highlands.

Similar isolated incidents have been reported proceeding this spike in criminal damage.

The offenders are a group of between six and ten teenagers, aged around 14-years-old. They were wearing dark clothing and two of the offenders were seen on bicycles.

Investigating Officer, PC Neil Budd said “I would ask anyone who has any information regarding this incident to call the police non-emergency number 101, quoting reference 913”

There will be a Banbury Neighbourhood Action Group open meeting on Wednesday November 16 at the Ruscote Community Centre on Longlandes Road in Banbury and will be attended by representatives from the police and town council.

The meeting will start at 6.30pm and will give residents concerned about the rise in petty crime in the area a chance to voice concerns.

If you do not want to speak directly to the police you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111. No personal details are taken, information is not traced or recorded and you will not go to court.