Serial vandals strike in town’s street

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AN ARBROATH man has condemned vandals who keyed his car in an orgy of vandalism last week.

James Archibald, of Brechin Road, was alerted by police last Wednesday evening that his silver Toyota Micra had been one of 11 vehicles targeted by vandals in the area.

He said: “I was listening to the football and the police came to the door at quarter past nine and asked if the car was mine.

“That was the first I knew of it.”

When he emerged, Mr Archibald found deep scratches the length of his vehicle, and a dent underneath the driver’s side wing mirror.

He had last used his car at around 12.15 p.m. on Wednesday, and said he was unaware of any noises or disturbances between then and his police visit.

Mr Archibald added: “It’s the first time here it’s been vandalised, but about five cars got it. What can you do? You can’t do anything about it.”

It might be the first time Mr Archibald has been affected, but cars on Brechin Road have been targeted before, he said: “It’s happened before, I missed the last time the cars got hit.”

Even cars in driveways have previously been hit. He added: “It doesn’t matter where the car is parked. Across the other side of the street they had their car vandalised.”

Mr Archibald is now faced with either paying out for the repair work, or claiming the costs from his insurance, and in the process losing his no claims bonus.

According to police, in total 11 cars on Brechin Road, Grant Road and Bruce Road suffered serious scratching between the hours of 6 and 8.30 p.m. It is believed repairs could run into thousands of pounds.

A spokesperson for Tayside Police said: “Investigations are still continuing and door to door inquiries were completed on Monday.”

Anyone who witnessed the vandalism or has any information that may be useful should contact Tayside Police on 0300 111 2222, or any police officer. 

Alternatively information can be passed anonymously via the charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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