CCTV footage released of Coalisland vandal smashing THIRTY cars in crime spree

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Police are urging the community to help find a ‘mindless’ vandal who smashed around thirty cars during a mass crime spree in Coalisland on Sunday morning.

CCTV footage has captured the shocking criminal damage with images of a man stumbling up streets in the Newtownkelly area of the town, brazenly kicking wing mirrors and ripping wipers from the front and back of vehicles.

Residents in the area have posted the CCTV images on Facebook in the hope of tracking down the vandal.

SDLP Councillor Malachy Quinn called on the police to take a tougher stance on the problem of anti-social behaviour that is plaguing the town.

“This morning we have residents waking up to find their cars have been damaged by faceless thugs and sadly this is not the first time in recent months.

“I have been talking to residents who have expressed their anger and disgust at the ongoing anti-social behaviour in the area and want something done about it. They have expressed the fear of not knowing when the next incident will happen or what property will be damaged next and that is totally unacceptable.”

The Coalisland representative also called on the police to have a more visible presence in the town.

“These thugs, who I know don’t come from the local area, need to wise up, get a life and vanish off somewhere else”, he added. “Anyone with information should bring it forward to the PSNI and hopefully we can put an end to the ASB in the area.”

Inspector John McKenna said “Police received reports shortly before 3:00 am that a man, believed to be in his 20s and wearing a grey jumper with jeans was breaking wipers of numerous vehicles that were parked in this vicinity.

“I would ask that anyone with information contact police on 101 quoting reference 300 of 13/08/17, or if you wish to remain anonymous Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”