Mindless vandals cause mischief for Winsford residents Date published: 31st October 2017 2.10pm

Mischief Night brought trouble to Winsford with a number of reports of anti-social behaviour and criminal damage.

Last night (30 October) a number of additional officers were deployed in the area as part of an ongoing operation to tackle anti-social behaviour over the Halloween and bonfire period.

Despite this, a small number of individuals damaged properties and vehicles in the Wharton and Moss Bank areas. In total, officers responded to 16 separate incidents including multiple reports where vandals threw bricks at windows, damaged cars and set fire to wheelie bins.

Chief Inspector Simon Meegan said: “Damaging property and vehicles is simply unacceptable behaviour and extremely distressing to the victims. Furthermore, it has much wider implications for the local community.

“We are committed to doing all that we can to tackle this bad behaviour. Despite our best efforts there is still a minority of people who are intent on causing mindless vandalism and disrupting others.”

In one incident a police car, which was responding to an emergency call on Dee Way, had its windows smashed whist parked up. The damage meant that the car had to be towed away to be repaired – taking an emergency response vehicle off the road for the rest of the night.

Chief Inspector Simon Meegan added: “The extensive damage to just one of our police cars has an impact. Not only did this incident result in one less police car on the streets of Winsford, but it also meant that two officers were tied up dealing with the criminal damage, when they could have been responding to emergencies.

“I would urge anyone with any information in relation to any of the incidents that took place last night to contact the team here at Northwich on 101 so that the people responsible for these mindless acts can be brought to justice.”

Information can also be passed on anonymously, via Crimestoppers, on 0800 555 111. Increased police patrols will continue on those areas affected throughout this week and into the weekend.