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Halsall villagers shocked and angry after cars vandalised

18 cars to date have been "keyed" on Summerwood Lane and surrounding streets

Mel Rothwell, who lives on Summerwood Lane, with her damaged car

Villagers have been left shocked and angry after their cars were vandalised.

Over the past six months, 18 cars have been “keyed” in Halsall, primarily in Summerwood Lane and surrounding streets.

The spate came to light after several residents complained about their cars being damaged on the Halsall village community Facebook page.

One of the page administrators said: “I posted on the site after my car was keyed, then other people who live on Summerwood Lane started saying that they’d experienced this problem, too.

“We live in such a lovely area and we just couldn’t think who would be doing this. In the past couple of days, I’ve found out about 17 other people who have had their cars keyed, but I think it’s just the tip of the iceberg.

“Lots of visitors to the village park on the road, to go to church for weddings or christenings and I can only presume they would have faced this damage as well.

“It seems like someone has gone on some sort of sustained rampage and we have no idea why.”

One woman, Mel Rothwell, had had five cars damaged outside her house, so in an effort to catch the people responsible, she and her mum set up a CCTV camera outside their home in Summerwood Lane.

After watching the footage for four hours last Friday afternoon, they saw a man walk past their car and key it down one side.

Mel rang the police immediately and the 65-year-old man admitted responsibility and was handed a penalty notice for disorder. The Advertiser is unable to print his name for legal reasons.

The page administrator said: “It’s sickening to think that your neighbours could do such a thing to you. Luckily for Mel she found the person responsible for doing her car, but he is not necessarily responsible for all of the incidents.

“I’d encourage anyone else who has experienced their car being damaged in this way to contact the police with all their evidence. Justice needs to be done and hopefully the police will be able to get to the bottom of the damage.”

 

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