Vandals strike again in Harold Hill despite increased police patrols

PUBLISHED: 17:30 06 April 2017

Residents have reported more incidents of vandalism to cars. Pic: PA Images

Residents have reported more incidents of vandalism to cars. Pic: PA Images

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The police have increased patrols in Harold Hill in response to a series of vandalism incidents that has cost residents thousands of pounds in damage.

Last week the Recorder revealed that dozens of vehicles in Dartfields and neighbouring streets have had their vehicles keyed, had paint thrown over them and had their tyres slashed in recent weeks.

On Monday, March 27, residents said they awoke to discover more than 30 cars and vans had been damaged over night and police confirmed they received a number of reports regarding the incidents.

“Gooshays Safer Neighbourhood Team have spoken with most of the victims and have left our contact details for the ones that we were unable to see,” said a police spokeswoman. “Inquiries are still ongoing at this time with local patrols being increased.”

Several residents have reported seeing groups of 20 to 30 teenagers hanging around when the vandalism has happened and despite the increased patrols in the area some people have been affected once again.

Andy, 46, of Chatteris Avenue has been targeted by the gang on a number of occasions – the most recent being on Friday.

“I’ve had two tyres slashed this time,” said Andy. “I know they (the police) need evidence but what is it going to take before they do something? Someone might get killed.”

Hornchurch and Upminster MP Angela Watkinson said: “It is a great pity that these mindless vandals don’t use their energy in working and saving for their own cars instead of destroying other people’s. I have written to the borough commander to ask what action may be taken.”

Anyone with information is urged to call the Gooshays team on 07876 391408.

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