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Dorset: Criminal damage spree in Sherborne – Witness appeal

September 21, 2012, 1:43 pm

Police in Sherborne are appealing for witnesses and anyone with information to come forward after a spate of criminal damage occurred in a residential area of Sherborne.

At least 17 incidents occurred sometime between midnight and 3am on Thursday 20 September 2012. Unknown offenders broke windows belonging to houses and shops and severely damaged cars, garden walls, fences and plant pots at various locations including Ridgeway, Springfield Crescent, Newland, Acreman Street, Horsecastles Lane, Greenhill, South Avenue, Lenthay Road, and South Court.

Witnesses reported being woken by the sounds of banging and men shouting. Two men were seen, one was on a BMX pedal cycle. No further description is available.

Police Constable Dermot Shanahan, of Sherborne Police, said: “The extent of these crimes is very concerning, it seems at least two men have passed through the town leaving a senseless trail of damage in their wake.

“The offenders have caused a lot of damage and an enormous amount of distress and expense to the victims.

“I am very keen to speak to anyone who may have witnessed anything suspicious as soon as possible.

“I would like to reassure residents of Sherborne that this is an extremely unusual occurrence for this area.”

Witnesses and anyone with information should call Dorset Police in confidence on 101 quoting incident number 20:27. Alternatively, call the free and anonymous Crimestoppers line on 0800 555 111 where mobile phone tariffs may apply.

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