YET another car has been badly vandalised in Flintshire.
The latest vehicle damage happened overnight on Wednesday on Strand Crescent, Holywell.
The victim’s blue Ford Fiesta had all four tyres slashed and the paintwork on the passanger-side of the car was “scratched off all the way down to the metal”.
In the past month the Leader has reported on more than 15 cars in the county which have fallen foul of “mindless” vandals – including at least 10 in the Shotton area in recent weeks.
At the end of January police launched Operation Lao – targeting the Shotton area after it was reported cars had bricks thrown through their windows.
Then last weekend another spate of vandalism saw four cars on Carlines Avenue in Ewloe have their tyres slashed and bodywork scratched – leaving devastated residents hundreds of pounds out of pocket.
Sgt Sue Richards said police are not treating the incidents in the three areas of the county as related. She also assured residents in Holywell that she believes this was an isolated incident.
“We don’t suspect we will have the same in Holywell as in Shotton.
“There is no indication of that,” said Sgt Richards.
“Operation Lao has been very effective and criminal damage has been reduced.
“In Shotton we noticed an increase in certain areas and we are doing increased patrols.
“It might be a minor crime to some people but we are not willing to allow anyone to get away with this.”
Anyone with information can call police on 101 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.