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Update: man charged in connection with damage to vehicles in villages between York and Tadcaster

Last modified: 13 May 2021 at 12:14pm

Thousands of pounds of damage has been caused to parked vehicles in Tadcaster and surrounding villages overnight.

In the early hours of today, Thursday 6 May 2021, a large number vehicles parked on the roadside have had their windscreens smashed and other damage caused, totalling thousands of pounds in value.

It appears that offenders travelled between York and Tadcaster in a vehicle, damaging parked vehicles in various villages as they passed through.

Police have received reports of damaged vehicles from Copmanthorpe, Bishopthorpe, Appleton Roebuck, Oxton, Colton, and Tadcaster – but it is likely that other vehicles have been damaged and have not yet been discovered by the victims.

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Sergeant Rob Campbell, of Selby Police, said: “We recognise that vehicles are often one of the most expensive items people own, and are a necessity for day-to-day life in rural areas, so we have a number of officers investigating these senseless offences.

“We are appealing to the community for any information that would assist us in our investigation. If you live in the areas affected, please check your vehicles for any damage. Many vehicles appear to have had rocks thrown at them, but less noticeable damage caused where the rock has hit body panels instead of glass.

“Please also check any CCTV, dashcams and video doorbells for suspicious activity between midnight and 4am, particularly any vehicles passing by that look out of place.”

If you have any information that could assist the investigation, contact North Yorkshire Police on 101, quoting log number 47 of 6 May 2021.

Alternatively, to report damage to your vehicle, use the online crime reporting form on the North Yorkshire Police website.

Update 7 May 2021: A 19-year-old man was arrested last night in connection with 17 incidents of criminal damage to vehicles. He has been released under investigation while enquiries continue.

Update 13 May 2021: A man has been charged with 24 incidents of criminal damage to cars in several rural villages between York and Tadcaster. He will appear in court next month.

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