Cars damaged, Christmas decorations and fishing tackle stolen in Hatfield

PUBLISHED: 15:50 24 March 2017 | UPDATED: 15:50 24 March 2017

Police are appealing after damage and a burglary in Hatfield.

Police are appealing after damage and a burglary in Hatfield.

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Vandals and thieves have caused “hefty and unnecessary” repair bills after damaging cars and breaking into a garage in Hatfield.

Police investigating a series of incidents in a street in Hatfield are appealing for witnesses and information.

Over the past five weeks, three vehicles have been damaged and a garage has been broken into in Stockbreach Close.

Vandals scratched a Vauxhall Corsa on the rear and driver’s side overnight between Friday, March 17 and Saturday, March 18 (crime reference B2/17/1348).

Between 3pm on Saturday, March 4 and 9.30am the following day the passenger side doors of an Audi were scratched (B2/17/1108).

The rear passenger door and wing of an Audi were scratched sometime overnight between February 22 and 23 (B2/17/1252).

Between Tuesday, March 7 and 6pm on Monday, March 20, burglars broke into a garage and various items were stolen including fishing equipment, exercise equipment and boxes of Christmas decorations.

Several bags of rubbish and a tyre were then left inside the garage (B2/17/1400).

PC Lee Rowson, from the Welwyn Hatfield West Safer Neighbourhood Team, said: “The owners of these vehicles have been left with hefty and unnecessary repair bills thanks to the mindless actions of these vandals and the owner of the garage has had to go out of their way to dispose of several bags of rubbish. This type of behaviour is simply unacceptable.

“We are keeping an open mind as to whether the incidents are linked and would ask anyone with information about the incidents to please contact us. Have you witnessed anyone acting suspiciously in the area in recent weeks? Any information could greatly assist our enquiries.

“We have increased patrols in the area and I would urge anyone who witnesses any suspicious activity to please contact police straight away. If you see a crime in progress, always dial 999.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact police via the Hertfordshire Constabulary non-emergency number 101, quoting one of the above crime reference numbers.

Alternatively, if you have any information you can contact the independent crime-fighting charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or through their Anonymous Online Form at www.crimestoppers-uk.org. No personal details are taken, information cannot be traced or recorded and you will never need to go to court.

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