Appeal over damaged windows

Police have issued a warning to people using cashpoint machines in Hartlepool to guard against 'skimming' devices

Police have issued a warning to people using cashpoint machines in Hartlepool to guard against 'skimming' devices

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A number of businesses in Coal Aston have had their windows damaged.

In the last four weeks, four incidents have been reported to police where offenders have targeted properties overnight in the Eckington Road and Dyche Lane area.

The most recent took place during the weekend between Friday, January 22 and Monday, January 25. Windows and doors to Coal Aston Methodist Church and Relax hairdressers, on Eckington Road, and the Hair Post on Dyche Lane were smashed.

Police have been increasing patrols in the area and want to hear from anyone who may know who is responsible for the damage.

PC Sally Horner, from Dronfield Safer Neighbourhood Policing Team, which covers the area, said: “Mindless vandalism like this has a huge impact on the victims, as well as the wider community, and it simply will not be tolerated.

“During December a number of vehicles in the same area were damaged, which may or may not be connected, and in recent weeks damage has been caused to local buildings. The incidents have all happened late at night or during the early hours of the morning during weekends.

“Our team has been increasing patrols and carrying out enquiries to try and find those responsible and I would urge anyone with information to contact us, and for residents to report any suspicious activity to the police.”

Anyone with information relating to any of the above incidents should call Derbyshire police on 101 quoting crime number 3571/16, or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.