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Private CCTV image of the suspected car vandal

More cars vandalised in city

More vehicles in Canterbury were vandalised over the weekend, it has emerged.

Cars parked in North Holmes Road and St Martin’s Road have had their windows in the latest in a spate attacks in the city.

Since the start of April there have been more than 20 acts of criminal damage reported to police.

Writing on the Canterbury Residents Group overnight, Kelly Reagan notified people of the latest incidents.

She said they had taken place on the roads near Canterbury Christ Church University.

Kelly Reagan’s picture of a damaged car

Rebecca White added that she had reported two instances of vandalism in St Martins Road and North Holmes road in the last three weeks.

Last week police issued an appeal for information and revealed that up till then there had been 19 reported instances of criminal damage including two in which items had been stolen.

The streets mostly affected were in St Stephen’s.

They included Beverley Road, Pine Tree Avenue, Birchwood Walk and Hanover Place.

Most offences are reported to have been committed late at night or in the early hours.

Police are saying they have noticed a “recent spike” in these sorts of crimes in the city. A CCTV image taken from a private camera at one location shows a young man with a torch peering into a car.

Sergeant Colette Todd of the Canterbury Community Safety Unit said: “We have increased patrols in the area.

“But we would urge vehicle owners to remain vigilant and remove any valuables from their cars or vans before leaving them unattended.

“We would also encourage residents to report any suspicious activity to us so we can catch whoever is responsible.”

Anyone who wishes to report an incident can now do so online within approximately 10 minutes by visiting www.kent.police.uk/report.

Alternatively call 101 or Kent Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.

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