Cars smashed up in yobs’ wrecking spree in New Town

Cars smashed up in yobs’ wrecking spree

Cars smashed up in yobs’ wrecking spree

First published in News

VANDALS smashed car windows and wing mirrors during a spree in Colchester.

About nine cars in the town’s New Town area were targeted.

Paul Harvey, 35, of New Town Road, noticed the electric wing mirror on his Volvo, which he always pushes in every evening, had been pulled out and smashed overnight.

The broken mirror was on the pavement side of the parked car.

Mr Harvey went into Colchester police station to tell officers about it after he discovered the damage on Saturday morning.

The following night about nine more cars were damaged.

He said: “I couldn’t believe it.

There was window after window."

Read the full story in today's Gazette.

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12:55pm Wed 21 May 14

998dave says...

Interesting, I also alwas fold my wing mirrors in and have one opened and pulled off the car recently. A few weeks earlier the other mirror was smashed on the pavement side. A few other cars on the same road near Harwich Road / St. Andrews Avenue have had their mirrors smashed too.
I wonder if it's the same kids/louts and their route can be worked out.

If it helps, those on my road always appear to be broken Wednesdays between 4-7pm, I didn't report mine as I figured the Police wouldn't do anything as I've not seen any help on other occurences when vehicles have been damaged.
Interesting, I also alwas fold my wing mirrors in and have one opened and pulled off the car recently. A few weeks earlier the other mirror was smashed on the pavement side. A few other cars on the same road near Harwich Road / St. Andrews Avenue have had their mirrors smashed too. I wonder if it's the same kids/louts and their route can be worked out. If it helps, those on my road always appear to be broken Wednesdays between 4-7pm, I didn't report mine as I figured the Police wouldn't do anything as I've not seen any help on other occurences when vehicles have been damaged. 998dave
  • Score: 6

2:23pm Wed 21 May 14

Monkey1980 says...

Daniel Cole, was this you??
Daniel Cole, was this you?? Monkey1980
  • Score: 0

3:52pm Wed 21 May 14

Angry of Lexden says...

Who is Daniel Cole?
Who is Daniel Cole? Angry of Lexden
  • Score: 2

7:52pm Wed 21 May 14

Colonel Kurtz says...

Cut their hoods off. OFF with them. No hesitation cut their hoods off immediately.
Cut their hoods off. OFF with them. No hesitation cut their hoods off immediately. Colonel Kurtz
  • Score: 5

9:44pm Wed 21 May 14

Rhinestone Cowboy* says...

I have one word for this DRUGS, its all about the drugs I'm afraid, every bloody thing is linked to DRUGS........The new squad at Essex Police with Carl O Malley should do the job, don't worry junkie suppliers, everyone knows who you are and Mr O Malley and his team will be well informed........I suggest you all buy yourself s some toilet roll because you are going to be s**tt*ng yourselves waiting for the doors to knock....This town has very small walls and word gets about very quick always has always will.... WE don't want drugs in Colchester any more Line In The Sand starts now>>>>
I have one word for this DRUGS, its all about the drugs I'm afraid, every bloody thing is linked to DRUGS........The new squad at Essex Police with Carl O Malley should do the job, don't worry junkie suppliers, everyone knows who you are and Mr O Malley and his team will be well informed........I suggest you all buy yourself s some toilet roll because you are going to be s**tt*ng yourselves waiting for the doors to knock....This town has very small walls and word gets about very quick always has always will.... WE don't want drugs in Colchester any more Line In The Sand starts now>>>> Rhinestone Cowboy*
  • Score: 6

12:42am Thu 22 May 14

Angry of Lexden says...

It seems to me that some you chaps may have an inkling as to who did what. As in who is Daniel Cole?. The awful thing is I know one of the lads who was an innocent guest at the party where hay Whiston was killed. He had the guts to be a witness but now is terrified that Redman and the other coward that hut Jay with a bottle just before Redman stabbed him for the second time will be out of prison within eighteen months. When I was was a kid in East London a hundred years ago I made a chrystal radio set - cost pennies and needed no batteries. I listened to it by ex army head phones early before school. Once Ir twice a year the news would start with somber sound of Big Ben - this would be followed by the confirmation that "X" had been executed at 8 am for the murder of.....

Think about it...
. Where is the deterrent now?
It seems to me that some you chaps may have an inkling as to who did what. As in who is Daniel Cole?. The awful thing is I know one of the lads who was an innocent guest at the party where hay Whiston was killed. He had the guts to be a witness but now is terrified that Redman and the other coward that hut Jay with a bottle just before Redman stabbed him for the second time will be out of prison within eighteen months. When I was was a kid in East London a hundred years ago I made a chrystal radio set - cost pennies and needed no batteries. I listened to it by ex army head phones early before school. Once Ir twice a year the news would start with somber sound of Big Ben - this would be followed by the confirmation that "X" had been executed at 8 am for the murder of..... Think about it... . Where is the deterrent now? Angry of Lexden
  • Score: 4

9:10am Thu 22 May 14

Lord Newbold says...

Vandals and vandalism several contributors have either been side tracked by other events that have happened previously. I am sure that while the word “Vandal” has been in use since the 4th and 5th century. However, in the way it is used today it has been here since the 17th Century (Person/Persons who deliberately cause damage to public or private property) Going back a good number of years. I recall playing simple but stupid games that bordered on vandalism. However, we played “Knock a Door Run” sometimes we would be caught, and receive a clip around the ear holes, which but paid to that form of entertainment. (With the added fear that your parents may find out) Other instances such as collecting wood for bon-fire-night someone’s perimeter fence would go missing. I always thought there was a conspiracy between parents to see which parent could punish their culprit child the most. I recall on two occasions. My shilling a week free spence was stopped. With any chores monies I accumulated until the damage had been paid for fully. Therefore, the Saturday picture was out for all of us. If the police became involved you got a clip round the ear holes from them, and they added to the fear by calling at your address for a cup of tea, or to use the toilet. We were terrified of doing anything serious because your parents would have informed the police (at least we thought they would) and that was warning enough.
Unfortunately¸ some people say the way I was brought up was a barbaric era of beatings and fear. Still everyone has the right to believe what he or she will. I am glad that parents loved me as much as they did, and took an active interest in everything I did good or bad.
Vandals and vandalism several contributors have either been side tracked by other events that have happened previously. I am sure that while the word “Vandal” has been in use since the 4th and 5th century. However, in the way it is used today it has been here since the 17th Century (Person/Persons who deliberately cause damage to public or private property) Going back a good number of years. I recall playing simple but stupid games that bordered on vandalism. However, we played “Knock a Door Run” sometimes we would be caught, and receive a clip around the ear holes, which but paid to that form of entertainment. (With the added fear that your parents may find out) Other instances such as collecting wood for bon-fire-night someone’s perimeter fence would go missing. I always thought there was a conspiracy between parents to see which parent could punish their culprit child the most. I recall on two occasions. My shilling a week free spence was stopped. With any chores monies I accumulated until the damage had been paid for fully. Therefore, the Saturday picture was out for all of us. If the police became involved you got a clip round the ear holes from them, and they added to the fear by calling at your address for a cup of tea, or to use the toilet. We were terrified of doing anything serious because your parents would have informed the police (at least we thought they would) and that was warning enough. Unfortunately¸ some people say the way I was brought up was a barbaric era of beatings and fear. Still everyone has the right to believe what he or she will. I am glad that parents loved me as much as they did, and took an active interest in everything I did good or bad. Lord Newbold
  • Score: 3

10:54am Thu 22 May 14

Mark Goacher says...

There are no easy solutions to casual crime of this nature but there are some places to start.
1) Foot patrols by policemen at night, especially in areas with the street lights off. Whatever happened to the idea of a couple of local bobbies walking around on foot keeping an eye out?
2) Initiate a zero tolerance approach to drug dealing and end the concept of 'known users'. If they're known users then why aren't they up before the courts?
There are no easy solutions to casual crime of this nature but there are some places to start. 1) Foot patrols by policemen at night, especially in areas with the street lights off. Whatever happened to the idea of a couple of local bobbies walking around on foot keeping an eye out? 2) Initiate a zero tolerance approach to drug dealing and end the concept of 'known users'. If they're known users then why aren't they up before the courts? Mark Goacher
  • Score: 3

11:10am Thu 22 May 14

Allan Whitehead says...

Mark Goacher wrote:
There are no easy solutions to casual crime of this nature but there are some places to start.
1) Foot patrols by policemen at night, especially in areas with the street lights off. Whatever happened to the idea of a couple of local bobbies walking around on foot keeping an eye out?
2) Initiate a zero tolerance approach to drug dealing and end the concept of 'known users'. If they're known users then why aren't they up before the courts?
Dear Mark, How sensible your comments are. Unfortunately, our Governments, regardless of colour, just do not have the intelligence to take on board sensible ideas for fear they upset some minority action group.
it is that old cliche if they are user, itis not their fault, and they must have thefinest medical help to try and cure this self inflicted. Atno cost to them.
[quote][p][bold]Mark Goacher[/bold] wrote: There are no easy solutions to casual crime of this nature but there are some places to start. 1) Foot patrols by policemen at night, especially in areas with the street lights off. Whatever happened to the idea of a couple of local bobbies walking around on foot keeping an eye out? 2) Initiate a zero tolerance approach to drug dealing and end the concept of 'known users'. If they're known users then why aren't they up before the courts?[/p][/quote]Dear Mark, How sensible your comments are. Unfortunately, our Governments, regardless of colour, just do not have the intelligence to take on board sensible ideas for fear they upset some minority action group. it is that old cliche if they are user, itis not their fault, and they must have thefinest medical help to try and cure this self inflicted. Atno cost to them. Allan Whitehead
  • Score: 1

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