CCTV of tyre slashing suspect

Police have released CCTV images of a man they want to talk as they continue to hunt the gang who damaged nearly 100 cars in Swindon. Many of the vehicles had their tyres slashed.

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CCTV of man wanted by police

Man police would like to talk to in connection with mass tyre slashing in Swindon Credit: Wiltshire Police

Wiltshire Police is urging anyone with information on the large scale criminal damage to vehicles in Swindon last week to come forward. They have released CCTV pictures of a man they would like to talk to.

CCTV image of man wanted by police Credit: Wiltshire Police

Almost 100 cars were damaged – with many having their tyres slashed, on several residential roads in and around the Old Town area of Swindon between 3am and 5am on Thursday 21st February 2012.

Police step up patrols after tyres slashed

Wiltshire Police is maintaining increased patrols in Swindon after tyres were slashed on almost 90 cars.

So far the force has received almost 90 separate reports of vandalism from owners of vehicles which have been damaged – many whose tyres have been slashed.

Vehicles parked on several residential streets on were targeted from 3am and 5am yesterday morning.

Inspector Joseph Saunders said CCTV in the area is being examined.

He said: “This investigation is still very much active and we maintain an increased presence in the affected areas."

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Update - vandals damaged at least 70 cars

Wiltshire Police can now confirm that it has received more than 70 reports of criminal damage to vehicles in Swindon early this morning. Many of the cars had their tyres slashed in a vandalism spree between 3am and 5am. Earlier reports suggested the number of cars damaged was closer to 150.

Supt Gavin Williams said: "This sort of crime absolutely beggars belief. The victims of these crimes are hard-working families who have lawfully parked their vehicles outside of their homes. This is a particularly pointless, idiotic crime and I am keen to bring those responsible to justice."

Vandals slash tyres of 150 cars

Vandals slashed the tyres of about 150 cars in Swindon overnight. Most of the damage was done to cars in five town centre streets between 2am and 5am today. A large number of police officers are now in the area speaking to victims and witnesses.

Wiltshire Police Inspector Joe Saunders said: "These offender(s) have been brazen in the sheer number of vehicles they have damaged early this morning. I would like to reassure the local community that Wiltshire Police is taking this incident very seriously."

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