Vandals strike for a third time in same road in Hellingly

Park Road, Hellingly.
Park Road, Hellingly.
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Police are appealing for information after a car was damaged by vandals in Hellingly - the third incident in the same road in just three months.

Police said the rear windscreen of a Toyota Aygo was smashed, some time over night in Hellingly on March 24 and 25.

The damage was discovered in Park Road on March 25 and is believed to have happened between 7pm and 7am, police said.

Police said it is thought the damage was caused deliberately.

The road has been targeted before with a wing mirror broken off a Ford Fusion in mid-February and two cars suffering damage to windows on Boxing Day, police said.

One resident, who did not want to be named, said several of his cars have been damaged over the last few years in the road.

He said: “We have spent hundreds of pounds repairing the cars. It is usually little things but it soon adds up. It can be very stressful, continually having to sort things out and get them repaired.

“It has happened so often on this road, it is awful really.”

Police want to hear from anyone who may have witnessed the incidents or who may have information about who is causing the damage.

If you have any information email or call 101 quoting serial 208 of 25/03. Alternatively, you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Meanwhile Sussex Police said it is still working to address incidents of criminal damage and vandalism in nearby Hailsham.

In recent months there has been a spate of vandalism in the town including a number of shops having windows smashed and in some cases items stolen.

The public toilets in North Street were also attacked several times last year.

Police said they have stepped up patrols in the town and last month only had 12 reports of criminal damage as a result.

Sergeant Mark Ritchie said: “We are working closely with local partners to address incidents of criminal damage and vandalism in Hailsham. Local officers are in regular contact with residents and businesses and we have increased patrols in affected areas.

“This is having an effect and we received just 12 reports of criminal damage in the town in March. However, that’s still 12 too many and we would welcome any information to enable us to apprehend those responsible.”