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Thugs damage and overturn car while owner is on holiday

Thugs damage and overturn car while owner is on holiday

Francis Batt

Thugs damage and overturn car while owner is on holiday
A forensics expert examines the car

Shocked neighbours woke this morning to find a car had been overturned by marauding vandals overnight.

The incident happened in the usually quiet Portlock Road, Maidenhead - opposite St Mark's Hospital where ironically Home Secretary and Maidenhead MP Theresa May attended a church service this morning.

The Polo car presented a sorry sight lying badly damaged on its side. A neighbour said its owners were away on holiday and had left it parked on the road, never thinking for a moment it might be in danger.

Police forensic experts were dusting the wrecked car for fingerprints today. 

Police Community Support Officer (PCSO) Matt Wingrove, of the Maidenhead town centre neighbourhood policing team, said: "At the very least this is a serious case of criminal damage. If we find the people responsible we will deal with them as robustly as we possibly can."

He said there had been reports of noisy behaviour the night before with bins being thrown about. He emphasised that that area of Maidenhead had a low level of crime and that even car break-ins were unusual.

Kumar Siva who runs the St Marks local store in nearby Powney Road said he had turned away a group of clearly underage teenagers last night who had tried to buy alcohol.

But he said: "It is hard to know if the incidents are related."

Anyone who can help police track down the culprits is asked to ring 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111. 

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