Overnight Sherborne crime spree leaves 'senseless trail of damage'
Police are appealing for witnesses after vandals left "a senseless trail of damage" during an overnight crime spree in Sherborne.
Officers are investigating at least 17 reported incidents of criminal damage, which they believe took place between midnight and 3am yesterday morning.
The culprits broke windows belonging to houses and shops and severely damaged cars, garden walls, fences and plant pots at various locations including Ridgeway, Springfield Crescent, Newland, Acreman Street, Horsecastles Lane, Greenhill, South Avenue, Lenthay Road, and South Court.
Witnesses reported being woken by the sounds of banging and men shouting.
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Police said two men were seen, and one was on a BMX pedal cycle, but no further description is available.
PC Dermot Shanahan said: “The extent of these crimes is very concerning, it seems at least two men have passed through the town leaving a senseless trail of damage in their wake.
“The offenders have caused a lot of damage and an enormous amount of distress and expense to the victims.
“I am very keen to speak to anyone who may have witnessed anything suspicious as soon as possible.
“I would like to reassure residents of Sherborne that this is an extremely unusual occurrence for this area.”
Witnesses and anyone with information should call Dorset Police on 101, quoting incident number 20:27. Alternatively, call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.