Yobs go on window smashing spree

Stone-throwing yobs have smashed the windows of more than 30 cars during a night of wanton vandalism in two north Norfolk towns.Motorists awoke to find front and rear screens broken in vehicles parked in eight streets at Sheringham and two roads in Holt.

Stone-throwing yobs have smashed the windows of more than 30 cars during a night of wanton vandalism in two north Norfolk towns.

Motorists awoke to find front and rear screens broken in vehicles parked in eight streets at Sheringham and two roads in Holt.

Local community police drafted in extra officers to handle the large number of offences, and are now asking for public help to track down the offenders.

The incidents happened just two weeks after the government's policing minister Tony McNulty visited Sheringham to see how community policing teams were getting to grips with local crime, including anti-social behaviour and graffiti.

But PC Rachel Mayes of the Sheringham safer neighbourhood policing team said the car damage spree was not part of a wider trend.

“Something like this has not happened before, and we hope it won't be happening again.”

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The rampage happened on the night of Thursday March 29 and into the early hours of next morning, with whoever was responsible apparently beginning their trail of damage at Sheringham before heading off to Holt later in the night.

The damaged cars at Sheringham were in Cliff Road, Nelson Road, Priory Road, Barford Road, Curtis Lane, Common Lane, Woodland Rise and Beech Avenue. The incidents at Holt were at Cromer Road and Hempstead Road.

Extra officers from North Walsham were brought in to help the local policing teams cope with the volume of incidents.

Police are appealing for witnesses or any information about who carried out the crimes. They should contact PC Rachael Mayes at Sheringham or PC Richard Childs at Holt on 0845 456 4567.