Vandalism of cars on Broadgate

Posted on - 13th July, 2009 - 9:51pm | Author - | Posted in - Crime

Police are appealing for information after approximately 20 cars on Broadgate in Preston had their wing mirrors snapped off.


A leaflet from the Broadgate Neighbourhood Policing Team states:

Between 12.40 AM and 1 AM during the early hours of this morning (Monday 13th July 2009), around 20 cards parked on Broadgate had their wing mirrors snapped off. A witness described the person responsible as being a male aged 15 to 18 years, about 5’6″ tall

He was initially seen around the shops near Taylor Street, before setting off down Broadgate randomly approaching cards by putting his hands on the wing mirror and using his weight to snap it off. The person has walked the full length of Broadgate, past Penwortham Bridge, and was lost sight of around Wolseley Road.”

The leaflet goes on to say that “this kind of damage has been all too frequency in years gone by, but the presence of cameras and vigilance of residents… have helped to keep this problem under control”.

PC Carl Ingram, of Broadgate Neighborhood Policing Team, said:

A lady was walking her dog alongside the river, near to the Spice Lounge and she heard a banging sound, she then saw this male on the footpath across the road, randomly approaching cars and putting his hands on the car mirror pushing downwards in a leap frog type of action, to snap it off. Unfortunately the lady had no mobile with her, and she followed him down the road as he continued to break the mirrors, until she reached a house where the owners were still up. She got them to phone the Police, but it was too late, the damage had been done and the boy responsible had disappeared past the bridge, but had stayed on our side of the river.

Anyone with any information should contact the Neighborhood Policing Team on 01772 88 1998 (Hardington Road Pavillion answerphone), 01772 203203 (main Police switchyboard), 01772 209738 (CBM office Lancaster Road N). Or you can email the team, pick either, or

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