Man arrested following car damage in Petworth

POLICE officers are appealing for information following a recent spree of car damage in Petworth.

Seven privately owned vehicles, parked in Grove Street, Rosemary Lane, Cherry Orchard Lane and Sheepdown Drive, were damaged some time between the evening of Friday, March 2, and 12.30am on Saturday, March 3.

A 19-year-old local man has been arrested on suspicion of criminal damage and bailed until April 7 pending further inquiries.

The damage included broken wing mirrors, windows and dents to the body work.

One car had its roof damaged when a sofa, due to be taken to a tip, was placed on the roof.

The window of the police station was also smashed.

PC Chris Glasspool, from the Midhurst and Petworth Neighbourhood Policing Team, said: “These were acts of mindless vandalism by people who decided to go on a rampage through a few streets in Petworth.

“All of the vehicles damaged will have to be repaired which has left their owners out of pocket, some of whom are elderly and really could do without the emotional and financial upset.

“I would urge anyone with information that could help police with their inquiries to please call 101 quoting serial 482 of 3/3 or the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.”