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Police respond to spate of criminal damage in Petworth and Midhurst

26 Oct, 2017 14:05 News Witness Appeals

Police are appealing for information following a spate of criminal damage in the Petworth and Midhurst areas.

A total of seven incidents have been reported between Sunday 8 October and Wednesday 25 October, during which windows to cars, businesses and houses have been targeted.

A ball bearing has been discovered on at least two occasions, and officers are attempting to establish the full circumstances.

Inspector Danny West, of the Arun and Chichester Prevention Team, said: “The reports we have received indicate that ball bearings are either being thrown or propelled in some way towards windows. Thankfully, it would appear that those responsible are intending to cause damage rather than putting anybody in danger of injury, although there is clearly a risk associated with their actions.

“They are also of course committing a crime, and enquiries are ongoing as we attempt to identify those responsible.

“We believe these incidents are linked and are being carried out deliberately, and on a couple of occasions a car has been seen or heard speeding off.

“If you’ve seen anything suspicious in the area, or have any information which could assist our investigation, please report it online or call 101 quoting serial 669 of 25/10.

“In the meantime, we are carrying out increased patrols in the area and would urge residents to remain vigilant.”


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