Action call on car vandals

CAR owners in the Priory Road area of Huntingdon are fed up with vandals damaging their vehicles in a campaign which has spanned a year. People living in Priory Road, Primrose Lane and Priory Lane, say the attacks have increased over the past few months a

CAR owners in the Priory Road area of Huntingdon are fed up with vandals damaging their vehicles in a campaign which has spanned a year.

People living in Priory Road, Primrose Lane and Priory Lane, say the attacks have increased over the past few months and have even spread to homes.

Some residents are concerned not enough is being done to prevent the damage, and the acts of vandalism will keep happening.

Lawrence Doherty, who lives in Priory Road, had his car scrawled with graffiti last month - the date of the attack was even written on his car.

He said: "I have lived here for a year, and all I have known is vandalism happening every week.

"This is in Priory Road, Priory Lane and Primrose Lane,

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"I think it's kids but, without the police's help, how will we ever get to the root of the problem?"

He said the list of damage since January included:

- Four incidents on Primrose Lane, five on Priory Lane and two on Priory Road.

- On July 29, two cars had their windscreens smashed with rocks

- On August 3 two cars were keyed - one owner left with a £1,000 repair bill.

Mr Doherty added: "Sometimes these acts take place in broad daylight.

"Whenever I phone the police I am informed they have not heard of any problems in the area."

New parking restrictions, which could prevent many residents parking outside their homes, have also worried many residents.

"The fact that these incidents have been happening on a regular basis is worrying, but now we won't even be able to keep an eye on our cars," said Mr Doherty.

Residents believe greater police presence in the area and the use of CCTV would help deter and catch the culprits.

A spokesman for Cambridgeshire police said car crime was hard to detect.

He said: "It is very hard to investigate, as there is normally no forensic evidence.

"Police are constantly patrolling the area, and we are doing everything we can.

"CCTV is a very good idea. Unfortunately, the police cannot supply this - it must be applied for through the council.

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