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A furious Fakenham man has offered a £500 reward to catch the “cowardly” vandals who splattered gloss paint all over his car.
Justin Seaman, a 37-year-old mature student, said his frustrations reached boiling point after a series of acts of criminal damage culminated in the vandalism of his treasured VW Caravelle on Wednesday evening.
White gloss paint was poured and smeared along the driver’s side of the vehicle, which was parked outside his home on St Peter’s Road.
In recent weeks, Mr Seaman’s bin has been set alight and the windscreen wiper of his vehicle had also been snapped off, in a sequence of incidents which he believes are “too coincidental to be random”.
Following this latest attack, he has put up a £500 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the culprit.
“It is just totally unacceptable for people to go around doing criminal damage like this,” he said. “I have got my suspicions about who it might be, which I have told the police, but these people try and cover their tracks so it is hard to point the finger.
“Without being able to prove it, you cannot turn around and say someone has done it. But there is no excuse for interfering with people’s property.
“Everyone is disgusted that people do outrageous things to people’s property without having a care in the world about it. They have got no respect for themselves or the law.
“Maybe if it (the reward) works, these people will see that we’re not prepared to put up with it. I think the trouble is today, things are just accepted. People should perhaps put up a bit of a fight. If someone did report it, then it would make these people realise they are not invincible to prosecution and not invincible to the law.”
Mr Seaman is a former lorry driver who is now studying construction at the College of West Anglia in King’s Lynn.
His damaged car is a seven-seater which he travelled all the way to Somerset to buy, as he needed it for his large family – he has three children, and his partner Angela Bentley also has three, with two still living at home.
He said he feared this week’s decision by North Norfolk District Council to scrap CCTV cameras across the district – including in Fakenham – could lead to an increase in acts of vandalism.
“We are losing these CCTV cameras, and it is not going to help,” he said. “CCTV was put there for a reason to try and reduce crime, but it costs a lot of money. These people who are doing these stupid acts... it affects law-abiding people and that is the people who it is costing.”
Norfolk police said the vandalism happened between 9.10pm and 9.40pm on Wednesday. Anyone with information should contact PC Austin Clarke at Fakenham Police Station on 101.