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Tuesday, 02 September 2014

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Vandal’s onslaught shocks quiet South Cumbria village

A COMMUNITY has been left shocked after a vandal cut a path of destruction and “wanton malicious damage” through a quiet village over the weekend.

Residents of Penny Bridge awoke on Saturday morning to discover a vandal had damaged 13 cars between midnight and 7am.

Police believe the attacker used a sharp rock to scratch the vehicles, at one point using the weapon to etch a smiley face into a car’s paintwork.

A glass panel on a telephone box on the A5092 was smashed and a gate was removed from its hinges and placed in the middle of the road during a rampage which caused £6,700 worth of damage.

Andrea Batten, 46, was one of the vandal’s victims. She said: “It’s a lovely, very peaceful and quiet place. It’s such a shame.

“Everyone is upset, it feels like an act of aggression, it might not be personal but it’s not very nice.

“It’s so unusual for up here, it’s such a friendly place. It’s a real shame,

“I’m from London and when I came here I remember there was a website where you could look up all the crime figures.

“There were no crimes in Penny Bridge at all and now there’s been 13 in one night.”

Mark Souther, 48, the owner of Penny Bridge Hall estate, said: “It’s extremely unusual. It’s a quiet village and we don’t have that sort of anti-social behaviour here.

“It’s extremely disappointing that something like this has happened, it’s just wanton malicious damage,”

Lifelong Penny Bridge resident Dave Farrer, 66, said it was the worst incident of crime in the village for a number of years.

He said: “It’s very quiet here, I was brought up in the village and there’s been nothing like this for a long, long time.

“It’s shocking, when you think how much it is going to cost the owners in car insurance.”

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call Cumbria police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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