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Trumpington Meadows residents are left ‘terrified’ while vandals trash car


By Gemma Gardner


Residents in Trumpington Meadows were left terrified as hammer-wielding vandals smashed up a car.

The damaged vehicle in Trumpington Meadows (7945128)
The damaged vehicle in Trumpington Meadows (7945128)

The residents say the incident on Sunday (March 17) was the third major one in as many months close to the local centre.

Residents were shocked to witness two white males aged in the late twenties or thirties go on the rampage just after 6.30pm, smashing every car window and the bodywork of a Ford Mondeo parked in the area.

The car interior and a baby seat within it were showered with broken glass and a pair of spectacles were left at the scene.

According to at least five witnesses the men were said to be “around six foot tall, one wearing a beanie hat and the other a hoodie and with grey track suit bottoms using a baseball bat and a crow bar” to inflict the damage.

A spokeswoman for Cambridgeshire Police said: “We were called at about 6.30pm on Sunday, March 17 to reports of two men damaging a car with a hammer in Berwick Place, Trumpington.

“Officers are investigating the incident.”

The rampage follows two previous knife incidents in the Trumpington Meadows local centre, as well as a violence in Orchard Park which included a stabbing outside the One Stop shop in Unwin Square north Cambridge on Thursday, March 14.

Police said they had increased patrols over the weekend, which would continue into this week.

Both areas, residents say, are home to young families and residents say Sunday’s “terrifying” Trumpington incident was witnessed by several young children.

Residents in both these new developments have called for additional police presence.

“It appears that little thought has been given to public safety and policing in the local centres and beyond when planning permission was given to these new areas” said one resident, who wishes to remain anonymous.

Anyone with information about the Trumpington incident should contact police by calling 101 or report online at cambs.police.uk/report.

Alternatively, they can report it anonymously by calling Crimestoppers on 0800 555111 or visiting crimestoppers-uk.org.

Vehicle crime in the area rose 1.35 per cent last year according to recent Cambridgeshire Constabulary statistics.



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