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Cotswolds And Stroud Police Target Vandals
Police in the Cotswolds and Stroud Division will be increasing town centre patrols and seeking to press charges against anyone arrested for vandalism, in a bid to reduce incidents of criminal damage in the area during November.
Officers have always had the option of dealing with those caught committing acts of criminal damage in a variety of ways, from cautions and fixed penalty notices to arrest and charge, depending on the circumstances.
During November however, Cotswolds and Stroud police will be looking to prosecute offenders whenever possible in a bid to reduce vandalism in communities across the area.
Chief Superintendent Dean Walker, The divisional commander, said: "We are committed to reducing criminal damage in the Cotswolds and Stroud Division, as we are well aware of the distress, fear and frustration such activity can cause residents and communities.
"We have always been able to call on a range of disposals when dealing with those responsible for criminal damage. For minor cases, or when circumstances dictated it was the right option, we have been able to deal with offenders by way of caution or a fixed penalty notice.
"During November, however, we will be looking to press charges against anyone we catch committing acts of vandalism.
"A lot of criminal damage is committed by people who, whether through boredom or as a result of excess alcohol, decide it will be fun to destroy other people's property.
"We want these people to know that if they continue to act in such an irresponsible manner there is every chance they will end up with a court appearance and, ultimately, a criminal record."
In recent weeks officers in the Cotswolds and Stroud division have made several arrests in relation to multiple offences of criminal damage.
In the early hours of Tuesday October 17 Stow police arrested an 18 year-old local man in connection with a spate of vandalism that occurred in the town.
The charges related to damage caused to four shop windows and 10 cars in Stow between 12.30am and 1am.
The man, who was also charged with one offence of public order, appeared before magistrates in Cheltenham on Wednesday October 25.
On October 21 two teenaged boys, aged 17, were arrested after several cars parked in the town were damaged.
The youths, both of whom are from Chipping Campden, are currently on police bail pending further enquiries until Thursday November 23
: 01/11/2006 10:20:57
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