Police Scotland is appealing to the public to help catch a group of youths who are responsible for yet another spate of vandalism in the town over the weekend. On Friday and Saturday evenings cars and property were damaged in the town as follows:-

Friday evening – between 1500 hours and 2130 hours a beige Vauxhall Vectra car had its front and rear windows smashed while parked in Craigs Road.

Friday/Saturday – truck parked in Shortridges in Irongray Road had its windscreen smashed.
Saturday – between 1930 hours and 2300 hours a Suzuki Splash car had a mirror smashed while parked at St Teresa’s Church, Glasgow Road.

Saturday/Sunday – black Fiat Panda parked in King Street had a window and a mirror smashed.

Friday/Saturday – blue Renault Clio parked in Waverley Road had mirror smashed.

Friday evening – blue Fiat Panda parked in Waverley Road had mirror smashed.

Friday evening – three houses in Maplebank Loaning had garden gates smashed.

Friday/Saturday – blue Ford Focus parked in Merrick Place had both mirrors smashed.

Chief Inspector Stephen Stiff at Dumfries said “this is again another extensive catalogue of what can only be described as wanton vandalism over the weekend. The cost of damage will easily be over £1000 and again will put the victims to a great deal of inconvenience as vehicles often require to be repaired before getting back on the road.

This does appear to be yet another spate, of which there have been many this year already in Dumfries and the costs must now be running into many thousands of pounds. At this stage we have reported a number of young people for some of these crimes, and will continue to pursue those responsible with a view to taking them through the criminal justice system, regardless of age, and actions will also be considered through Antisocial Behaviour legislation, and consideration , with partner agencies, in reviewing tenancy arrangements due to the disproportionate impact that these crime are having on the local community. However, we do need the help of the public to help identify all those responsible for what is becoming a very costly series of crimes in Dumfries.

Anyone who may have any information which might help us trace and catch those responsible is asked to call us here at Dumfries on the 101 number, or if they want to remain anonymous on the Crimestoppers number – 0800 555 111.

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