Trowbridge police offer reward after vandals target 26 cars in wrecking spree

Wiltshire Times: One of the damaged cars in Frome Road, Trowbridge One of the damaged cars in Frome Road, Trowbridge

Police are offering a £500 reward in a bid to find out who smashed 21 vehicle rear windscreens in Trowbridge on Christmas Day, causing thousands of pounds worth of damage.

The incidents happened between 1am and 9am along Frome Road, from The Ship Inn up to Pitman Avenue.

Sergeant James Brain, based at Trowbridge Police Station, said: “We are taking this criminality very seriously. We can assure you that we are doing all that we can to identify suspects.

“Our enquiries are ongoing and we will be offering a reward of £500 for the arrest and charge of the suspect or suspects responsible.”

The police are currently studying CCTV footage from along Frome Road to see if they can find those responsible.

A Frome Road resident, whose car was damaged, said: “It is absolutely ridiculous and a horrible thing to discover on Christmas Day. I hope the police find whoever has done this and they are dealt with as severely as possible.”

A further five windscreens, on vehicles parked at the Ship Inn, were smashed overnight on Boxing Day and Wiltshire Police believe the two evenings of vandalism could be related.

Landlady Lucy Oakley said: “One of the cars got done right in front of our cameras, so hopefully from the footage, the police can identify and catch the culprits.”

Since the incidents, the police have stepped up patrols in Frome Road, and carried out door-to-door enquiries and are eager to speak to anyone else who believes they may have been victims.

PC Sonya Stockhill said: “This is such a mean thing to do and very petty. If anyone was driving down Frome Road in the early hours of Christmas morning and saw anyone acting suspiciously we’d like to hear from you.”

Those with information can call Wiltshire Police on 101 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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10:10am Fri 3 Jan 14

frankie007 says...

I thought they were supposed to tale all crime seriously.
Still, all credit to them for figuring out that the 2 evenings of vandalism were probably related. All the money spent on training was obviously worth it.
I thought they were supposed to tale all crime seriously. Still, all credit to them for figuring out that the 2 evenings of vandalism were probably related. All the money spent on training was obviously worth it. frankie007

11:17am Fri 3 Jan 14

Mrs Donnyfly says...

"We are taking this criminality very seriously. We can assure you that we are doing all that we can to identify suspects"

That goes without saying, surely?

"Police are offering a £500 reward..."

Can they afford that?
"We are taking this criminality very seriously. We can assure you that we are doing all that we can to identify suspects" That goes without saying, surely? "Police are offering a £500 reward..." Can they afford that? Mrs Donnyfly

11:36am Fri 3 Jan 14

beetawix says...

PC Sonya Stockhill said: “This is such a mean thing to do and very petty.

It is neither petty or very petty.

it is a serious example of anti-social behaviour and a crime the like of which would have attracted a death sentence or transportation in previous times.
PC Sonya Stockhill said: “This is such a mean thing to do and very petty. It is neither petty or very petty. it is a serious example of anti-social behaviour and a crime the like of which would have attracted a death sentence or transportation in previous times. beetawix

1:30pm Fri 3 Jan 14

JoDope says...

Happy Christmas Trowbridge! Can anybody explain to me why this place is our County Town? It's an embarrassment, If Wiltshire ever needs an enema this is where the pipe fits! Happy New Year.
Happy Christmas Trowbridge! Can anybody explain to me why this place is our County Town? It's an embarrassment, If Wiltshire ever needs an enema this is where the pipe fits! Happy New Year. JoDope

6:39pm Fri 3 Jan 14

beetawix says...

JoDope were you referring specifically to this incident in your assessment of Trowbridge (no other incidents were referenced)
If so I think that you would be hard pressed to find a candidate for Couny town that had not experienced identical cretinous behaviour.
JoDope were you referring specifically to this incident in your assessment of Trowbridge (no other incidents were referenced) If so I think that you would be hard pressed to find a candidate for Couny town that had not experienced identical cretinous behaviour. beetawix

6:59am Sat 4 Jan 14

old 'arry says...

beetawix wrote:
JoDope were you referring specifically to this incident in your assessment of Trowbridge (no other incidents were referenced)
If so I think that you would be hard pressed to find a candidate for Couny town that had not experienced identical cretinous behaviour.
True. It is just another sad, depressing Wiltshire town with its drunken young male louts with no ambition other than to damage what other people have earned through that four-lettered word - W.O.R.K
[quote][p][bold]beetawix[/bold] wrote: JoDope were you referring specifically to this incident in your assessment of Trowbridge (no other incidents were referenced) If so I think that you would be hard pressed to find a candidate for Couny town that had not experienced identical cretinous behaviour.[/p][/quote]True. It is just another sad, depressing Wiltshire town with its drunken young male louts with no ambition other than to damage what other people have earned through that four-lettered word - W.O.R.K old 'arry

8:21am Sat 4 Jan 14

frankie007 says...

old 'arry wrote:
beetawix wrote:
JoDope were you referring specifically to this incident in your assessment of Trowbridge (no other incidents were referenced)
If so I think that you would be hard pressed to find a candidate for Couny town that had not experienced identical cretinous behaviour.
True. It is just another sad, depressing Wiltshire town with its drunken young male louts with no ambition other than to damage what other people have earned through that four-lettered word - W.O.R.K
What about the drunken young female loutesses? (Is that a word?) they're just as bad. Don't want to be labelled as sexist now, do we?
[quote][p][bold]old 'arry[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]beetawix[/bold] wrote: JoDope were you referring specifically to this incident in your assessment of Trowbridge (no other incidents were referenced) If so I think that you would be hard pressed to find a candidate for Couny town that had not experienced identical cretinous behaviour.[/p][/quote]True. It is just another sad, depressing Wiltshire town with its drunken young male louts with no ambition other than to damage what other people have earned through that four-lettered word - W.O.R.K[/p][/quote]What about the drunken young female loutesses? (Is that a word?) they're just as bad. Don't want to be labelled as sexist now, do we? frankie007

9:05am Sat 4 Jan 14

he of one braincell says...

@JoDope, etc: Although I can't explain why any town makes the criteria for 'County Town', I disagree with your & other generalised negative sentiments about Trowbridge. There are a lot of great people in the town, a lot of community spirited people with a positive attitude. There's also lots of excellent kids, with the right attitude, taking the right actions, despite what adults around them say & do.

There are always the negative few in any town (I clearly remember a few names in BoA when I was a kid!).

What Trowbridge does need, however, is more people to work together to help solve & prevent this type of crime. Greater community involvement. There's already evidence of this from the WT articles.
The vandalised cars is a nasty crime, but someone is likely to boast about it. The difficulty is always encouraging someone to report that.
@JoDope, etc: Although I can't explain why any town makes the criteria for 'County Town', I disagree with your & other generalised negative sentiments about Trowbridge. There are a lot of great people in the town, a lot of community spirited people with a positive attitude. There's also lots of excellent kids, with the right attitude, taking the right actions, despite what adults around them say & do. There are always the negative few in any town (I clearly remember a few names in BoA when I was a kid!). What Trowbridge does need, however, is more people to work together to help solve & prevent this type of crime. Greater community involvement. There's already evidence of this from the WT articles. The vandalised cars is a nasty crime, but someone is likely to boast about it. The difficulty is always encouraging someone to report that. he of one braincell

9:15am Sat 4 Jan 14

beetawix says...

he of one braincell positively suggested that "What Trowbridge does need, however, is more people to work together to help solve & prevent this type of crime. Greater community involvement. "


and some reliable cctv
he of one braincell positively suggested that "What Trowbridge does need, however, is more people to work together to help solve & prevent this type of crime. Greater community involvement. " and some reliable cctv beetawix

10:07am Sat 4 Jan 14

he of one braincell says...

totally agree with you Beetawix!
.. and release images to us public early enough to help out!

In true Christmas spirit, here's hoping they were too stupid to cover faces so it's clear on any cctv, or too arrogant & boast down the pub, or facebook, about it.
totally agree with you Beetawix! .. and release images to us public early enough to help out! In true Christmas spirit, here's hoping they were too stupid to cover faces so it's clear on any cctv, or too arrogant & boast down the pub, or facebook, about it. he of one braincell

10:09am Sat 4 Jan 14

he of one braincell says...

.. just realised, to smash those screens probably takes less brain cells than I have, so they won't be able to use facebook!
oh dear...
.. just realised, to smash those screens probably takes less brain cells than I have, so they won't be able to use facebook! oh dear... he of one braincell

11:35am Sat 4 Jan 14

Mrs Donnyfly says...

It might have been a disgruntled Santa Claus.
It might have been a disgruntled Santa Claus. Mrs Donnyfly

11:40am Sat 4 Jan 14

politepanda says...

I think the 500 quid is about right. Any dullard that finds that kind of behaviour enjoyable will probably have some REALLY good mates eyeing up the reward.
I think the 500 quid is about right. Any dullard that finds that kind of behaviour enjoyable will probably have some REALLY good mates eyeing up the reward. politepanda

5:14pm Sat 4 Jan 14

beetawix says...

I suggest to the police thati if the perpetrators used a hammer they may well have purchased one in the Kniees sale.
I suggest to the police thati if the perpetrators used a hammer they may well have purchased one in the Kniees sale. beetawix

7:11pm Sat 4 Jan 14

j0nsmith says...

Employ more Police to walk the beat day and night not volunteers with no powers of arrest.
Employ more Police to walk the beat day and night not volunteers with no powers of arrest. j0nsmith

7:28pm Sat 4 Jan 14

politepanda says...

j0nsmith wrote:
Employ more Police to walk the beat day and night not volunteers with no powers of arrest.
The only current volunteers are the Specials - they have full police powers of arrest.
[quote][p][bold]j0nsmith[/bold] wrote: Employ more Police to walk the beat day and night not volunteers with no powers of arrest.[/p][/quote]The only current volunteers are the Specials - they have full police powers of arrest. politepanda

11:09am Sun 5 Jan 14

Mrs Donnyfly says...

I would be interested to know where the £500 reward money comes from. Would it have been too much for Mr Craig Jones to add that bit of information to his report, or if he didn't know himself, then enquire?
I would be interested to know where the £500 reward money comes from. Would it have been too much for Mr Craig Jones to add that bit of information to his report, or if he didn't know himself, then enquire? Mrs Donnyfly

5:13pm Sun 5 Jan 14

Wiltshirebornandbred says...

This type of behaviour is why I left Trowbridge. Was fed up having my car and most of the others in my area (newtown) getting vandalised on an almost weekly occurrence. Lost count with the amount of money I had to pay fixing wing mirrors, windscreens, wiper blades and scratches. Moving was the best thing I did!
This type of behaviour is why I left Trowbridge. Was fed up having my car and most of the others in my area (newtown) getting vandalised on an almost weekly occurrence. Lost count with the amount of money I had to pay fixing wing mirrors, windscreens, wiper blades and scratches. Moving was the best thing I did! Wiltshirebornandbred

8:30pm Sun 5 Jan 14

Mrs Donnyfly says...

Wiltshirebornandbred wrote:
This type of behaviour is why I left Trowbridge. Was fed up having my car and most of the others in my area (newtown) getting vandalised on an almost weekly occurrence. Lost count with the amount of money I had to pay fixing wing mirrors, windscreens, wiper blades and scratches. Moving was the best thing I did!
You let them win then?
[quote][p][bold]Wiltshirebornandbred[/bold] wrote: This type of behaviour is why I left Trowbridge. Was fed up having my car and most of the others in my area (newtown) getting vandalised on an almost weekly occurrence. Lost count with the amount of money I had to pay fixing wing mirrors, windscreens, wiper blades and scratches. Moving was the best thing I did![/p][/quote]You let them win then? Mrs Donnyfly

1:58pm Mon 6 Jan 14

beetawix says...

Mrs Donnyfly wrote:
Wiltshirebornandbred wrote:
This type of behaviour is why I left Trowbridge. Was fed up having my car and most of the others in my area (newtown) getting vandalised on an almost weekly occurrence. Lost count with the amount of money I had to pay fixing wing mirrors, windscreens, wiper blades and scratches. Moving was the best thing I did!
You let them win then?
There are less prone areas in Trowbridge d
While nil intelligence is often attributed to the dickheads who perpetrate these attacks, they do tend to occur on main routes ie on the way home
[quote][p][bold]Mrs Donnyfly[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Wiltshirebornandbred[/bold] wrote: This type of behaviour is why I left Trowbridge. Was fed up having my car and most of the others in my area (newtown) getting vandalised on an almost weekly occurrence. Lost count with the amount of money I had to pay fixing wing mirrors, windscreens, wiper blades and scratches. Moving was the best thing I did![/p][/quote]You let them win then?[/p][/quote]There are less prone areas in Trowbridge d While nil intelligence is often attributed to the dickheads who perpetrate these attacks, they do tend to occur on main routes ie on the way home beetawix

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