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Cars hit in Douglas vandalism crackdown

Police in Douglas are hunting a vandal who scratched several cars hours ahead of a "zero tolerance" crackdown.

Officers say a sharp implement was used to scratch multiple panels on the cars in Circular Road and a nearby car park.

The damage came on Friday evening as police prepared to watch streets for signs of drunken vandals heading home from pubs in lower Douglas.

It follows nine attacks on cars last weekend, seven of which police believe were carried out by the same group.

Isle of Man Constabulary described such damage as "thoughtless, unnecessary and extremely upsetting for vehicle owners".

'Zero tolerance'

Officers believe a large proportion of the damage is caused by drunken people walking home from lower Douglas.

So their operation - which runs across the weekend - is focused on areas surrounding pubs and bars and routes leading away towards residential areas.

"The police wish to warn those who have committed this sort of crime in the past that a zero tolerance approach will be taken when dealing with this during this operation and prosecutions will be sought if anyone is found committing criminal damage," said Insp Richard Power.

"This is a really serious crime for the victim and I fully appreciate the frustration this causes."

Anyone who witnesses car vandalism is urged to contact Isle of Man police or Crimestoppers.

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