Criminal Damage - West Oxon

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Criminal Damage - West Oxon

Police are appealing for witnesses after several vehicles were damaged in Finstock and Chipping Norton.

Overnight from 14 to 15 January three vehicle's tyres were slashed on Finstock High Street.

There were similar incidents in Hill Crescent, Finstock between 17 and 19 December and in William Bliss Avenue, Chipping Norton, between 17 and 18 December.

Local Police Area Commander Chief Insp Dennis Evernden said: "I am keen to ensure that as many people as possible in the Finstock neighbourhood are aware of the ongoing spate of vehicle tyre slashing that is occurring during the night.

"We have now received many reports of tyres having been damaged and two reports have told us of tyres blowing out on motorway trips due to damage believed to have been suffered while the vehicles were parked in Finstock.

"The potential danger that the offenders are putting people in is just mind boggling in its severity and I want to work with the public to identify those responsible and bring them to justice.

"I have deployed several uniformed officers to Finstock this morning to do house-to-house enquiries and street engagement with the public for three purposes:

"Firstly to ensure that as many people are made aware of the dangers that someone is putting them in and checking their vehicles before they start their journey.

"Secondly to encourage people to park vehicles off the street and preferably in a garage if they have access to one.

"Thirdly to enable anyone with any information, however insignificant they may think it is, to give us that information so that we may deal with it appropriately."

If you have information then please contact police via 0845 8 505 505. If you do not wish to speak to police or give your name then you can contact the Crimestoppers charity on 0800 555 111.

Posted : 16/01/2007 18:39:14

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