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Teenagers arrested in East Surrey criminal damage investigation
11:17am Friday 21st September 2012 in News
Two teenagers have been arrested by police investigating a trail of what they have called “mindless acts of criminal damage” across Reigate, Redhill and Smallfield.
Ten attacks on parked vehicles are thought to have been carried out in just one night - Tuesday, September 18, into Wednesday, September 19.
A Surrey Police spokesman said a number of other incidents took place in East Surrey in the days leading up to the night of damage attacks.
A man aged in his 40s was also hit in the thigh by an object thrown from a moving vehicle, believed to be a white van.
He was hit as he walked along Outwood Lane in Chipstead between 8.50pm and 9.05pm on September 18.
Investigating Officer Detective Constable Kerry Akehurst of Reigate CID, said: “At this stage in the investigation we believe these mindless acts of criminal damage have been caused by stones thrown from a moving vehicle, and we are doing all we can to find those responsible.”
In Redhill, damage was caused to vehicles in London Road between 9.50pm and 10pm on September 18, and in Copse Road between 6pm the same night and 8.30am the following morning.
In Smallfield, a vehicle was attacked in Careys Wood between 10pm and 10.05pm on September 18.
In Oxted, vandals struck in Merle Common Road between 8.30pm on September 18, and 8am the next morning.
And in Reigate and Woodhatch there were six attacks on parked vehicles.
In Lyndhurst Road, damage was caused between 10.15pm and 10.30pm on September 18, in New Causeway between 5pm the same evening and 8am the next day, in Slipshatch Road between 8.20pm and 8.30pm on September 19, in Blackthorn Road between 6.30pm on September 18 and noon the next day, in Hitchings Way between 10pm on September 18 and 6am the following morning, and in Juniper Road between 3pm on September 18 and 12.30am the next morning.
Det Con Akehurst said officers from both the Reigate and Banstead Safer Neighbourhood Team and the Tandridge Safer Neighbourhood Team would be carrying out patrols in the areas affected, and speaking with residents.
Appealing for help, she said: “If you have any information relating to any of the offences I would urge you to contact Surrey Police as a matter of urgency, so we can take steps in ensuring no other members of the public will be out of pocket due to damage caused in this way.”
Two 17-year-old boys have been arrested on suspicion of criminal damage and are currently in police custody.
Anyone with information should call Surrey Police on 101, quoting reference RB/12/7710.