Increased patrols to tackle homes damage

Police are renewing an appeal for information after fresh bouts of criminal damage to two newly built semi-detached homes.

The properties, in White Knowle Road, Buxton, have been targeted by vandals over several months.

Incidents include graffiti being sprayed on the walls of the unoccupied homes, shrubs and trees being torn out of the gardens and ‘for sale’ signs being ripped up and going missing.

The most recent incident took place overnight between Saturday, December 15 and Sunday 16.

The offender spray painted the word Shrek onto the front wall of the property, along with a series of faces daubed onto the brickwork.

As well as increasing patrols, officers from Buxton Safer Neighbourhood Team (SNT) have been conducting door-to-door enquiries and have recently installed extra CCTV cameras in a bid to catch the offender.

PCSO Alan Nield, from Buxton SNT, said: “The attacks on this property are too sustained to be random and it is similar damage each time, leading us to believe it is the same person or group.

“We would appeal to anyone who has any information or has noticed suspicious behaviour to contact us immediately.”

Anyone with information should call police on 101 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.