Cars are damaged in overnight attack in Hailsham

Antiques and All Sorts, Hailsham, been targeted by vandals  - Mike Clark
Antiques and All Sorts, Hailsham, been targeted by vandals - Mike Clark

Police in Hailsham are appealing for information after a number of cars were damaged by vandals overnight on Friday and Saturday (February 13-14).

In Observatory View, a roof light was ripped from one vehicle and a wing mirror broken on another, police said.

Wing mirrors were also smashed on a silver Vauxhall Astra in Geering Park and a white Toyota Aygo in Moore Park.

Finally, a Toyota Yaris in Bellbanks Road had its wiper blades ripped off and scratches made across its bonnet.

PCSO Jack Matthews said this kind of ‘thoughtless crime’ can cause ‘great distress’ to residents.

He said: “We have received information that a group of young men were seen in the area around 1.20am on Saturday.

“This sort of thoughtless crime causes great distress and inconvenience to local people so I would ask anyone who saw any suspicious activity in the area during this time or has any information about those responsible for the damage to email or call 101 quoting serial 103 of 14/02.”

There has been a spate of vandalism across Hailsham in recent months.

Last month the Express reported how vandals had targeted several shops in the town.

Windows were smashed and in some cases items were stolen.

The premises targeted included Antiques and All Sorts. Dragon Studios, an aquarium shop and a jewellery shop.

Speaking last month, Michael Clark, owner of Antiques and All Sorts, said: “Thieves are just running amok in Hailsham. There is no police presence, and we are all rather worried.

“It is just ridiculous, every other night someone is being done. We’re going to have to pull out of Hailsham if it carries on.”

Hailsham Town Council also experienced problems with vandalism last year when its new public toilets were broken into and damaged several times. It meant an extra £200 had to be spent on repairing them.

Speaking last month, Sussex Police said it was ‘determined’ to catch those responsible for the vandalism of town shops.

Sergeant Mark Ritchie, from Hailsham Neighbourhood Policing Team, said: “Local officers are in regular contact with the businesses affected and patrols have been increased in the town centre to reduce the chance of further offences.

“We are also working closely with our partners at Hailsham Town Council and in the local business community to encourage vigilance and reporting of suspicious activity.”