A SPATE of arson and criminal damage incidents to cars and properties across South Worcestershire, including a number in the Vale, are being linked by police.
Officers have launched an appeal for witnesses to the incidents which have been reported in villages in South Worcestershire between last Friday, March 22 and Tuesday (March 26).
It’s believed vehicles and properties have been randomly targeted, usually overnight, and officers now believe each of these incidents are linked.
Offenders are believed to have been firing stones with a catapult or something similar to cause extensive damage to the vehicles and properties and police have also had reports of vehicles being set alight.
The majority of these incidents have involved empty, parked vehicles.
However, in a handful of instances, properties have been targeted. Incidents have been reported in Bishampton, Broadwas, Broughton Hackett, Claines, Crowle, Droitwich, Fernhill Heath, Flyford Flavell, Grafton Flyford, Himbleton, Hindlip, Lower Moor, Malvern, Naunton Beauchamp, Offerton, Pebworth, Pinvin, Powick, Tibberton, Upton and Worcester.
Det Insp David Knight, from West Mercia Police, said: “We realise that this series and scale of incidents will prove alarming to the local community but we want to reassure people that this spate of crimes is rare and unprecedented in Worcestershire, and we take reports of this nature extremely seriously.
“Local officers have been patrolling villages in the area offering reassurance while making door-to-door enquiries and viewing CCTV footage.
“Thankfully no one has been injured as a result of these crimes but we are appealing to the public for their help in identifying those responsible.
“The damage caused to these vehicles and properties has resulted in a great deal of stress, disruption and anxiety for both the victims and the local community.
“I would therefore urge anyone with any information, no matter how small or insignificant it may seem, to please get in touch.
“I would also ask that people remain vigilant and report any suspicious activity they may see, particularly overnight, and review any CCTV footage they may have,” he added.
Anyone with any information is asked to call West Mercia Police on 101 quoting incident number 22/25933/19 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.