VANDALS spray painted more than 20 cars – some parked almost 30 miles apart – during an apparent night-time rampage that stretched across half the county.
Detectives have appealed for help after receiving a flurry of calls from people who awoke yesterday morning to find their cars had all been daubed with yellow paint.
In Northampton, cars were targeted in The Mounts, Whitehills and Kingsthorpe. The attacks also stretched from the village of Flore to Overthorpe, near Banbury – almost 30 miles away – where vehicles were also damaged. Cars in Brackley, Middleton Cheney and Potterspury were also attacked.
Vehicles were vandalised with paint in:-
Marston St Lawrence;
Louise Road, The Mounts, Northampton;
Washington Street, Kingsthorpe, Northampton;
Halse Road, Brackley;
Thenford Road, Middleton Cheney;
Sutton Street, Flore;
Bannerman Drive, Brackley;
Lynton Avenue, Whitehills, Northampton;
High Street, Potterspury.
The attacks are believed to have happened between 10pm on Monday and 7am yesterday.
Police revealed they were already investigating at least 20 incidents, but said they feared other victims may not yet have reported similar attacks.
Inspector James Pearson said: “We believe the offender may be spraying the cars from the road as they pass by the parked cars in their own vehicle.
“This series of criminal damage is an act of mindless vandalism and we will be working hard to bring the offender or offenders to justice.
“Anyone who has also had their vehicle damaged in a similar way, but has not yet reported it to us, is urged to make contact.
“Officers will be carrying out high-visibility patrols in the areas already targeted to offer reassurance within those communities.”
Witnesses can call Northamptonshire Police on 101, or alternatively ring Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.