A WAVE of vandalism swept through a Wrexham village in the early hours of yesterday morning causing thousands of pounds worth of damage.
Residents on Heol Glyndwr Road in Coedpoeth were left fuming after becoming victims to a spate of vandalism to their cars.
At least eight cars have been damaged, leaving residents to count the cost as a North Wales Police forensics unit collected prints on Thursday morning.
The Jones family were one of the worst affected by the vandalism on a short stretch of the long road. Pensioner Bill Jones said: “I was heading to bed at 12.30am when I heard the car alarm. I’m in my 70’s but still managed to race downstairs. Unfortunately they had run off before I got there”.
“The bins have been bashed, they’ve been walking on the roof of the cars, and they’ve smashed the side window frame of my son’s new car.”
Mr Jones’s son, supermarket worker John Jones, was devastated about the damage to his new Honda. He said: “I paid a lot of money for this car, not even had it five days and it could be written off.
“It could cost anything between £300 or £400, to £2,500 to repair, or be classed as a write-off. I’m going to lose my no claims bonus and my excess, our insurance premiums will be sky high.
“I’m furious. I don’t work more than 40 hours a week to have my car vandalised and then have to pick up the bill.”
Further up the road, former Brymbo Community Councillor Ken Ashton, 71, a current Heol Glyndwr resident says it’s not the first time its happened, and it is becoming increasingly expensive.
He said: "Last night the wing mirrors were taken off cars, someone has obviously been kicking them off again.
"We went through an ongoing problem with it 18 months ago, and it has just started up again. It costs £90 to repair them each time and its very frustrating.
“It’s happened three times in three years and it all adds up. I’m tempted to organise a neighbourhood watch.
“I’ve lived here for five and a half years and the neighbours say it has been happening since before then. Add up all the damage done last night, the wing mirrors, the dints and it will run into the thousands.”
“Those who did it are nothing but cowards and I want to highlight the problem. I want people who know them to come forward and name and shame them.”
A spokesman for North Wales Police said: “We received a call about criminal damage in Coedpoeth at 8.45am on Thursday morning, following reports a car had been damaged, believe to have happened over night.
“If anyone has any information about this incident, they can call police on 101. The crime reference number is R096395.”
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