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Vandals cover phone box, cars, bus stops and shops in Portsmouth with paint

The vandals left handprints in paint on the bonnet of one of the vehicles as well as chucking paint over its side. Pictures: Sam Garrett

The vandals left handprints in paint on the bonnet of one of the vehicles as well as chucking paint over its side. Pictures: Sam Garrett

 

VANDALS have wreaked havoc spraying paint over vehicles and shops in the city.

Police are investigating after 26 vehicles, five shops, two bus stops and a phone box were flecked with white household paint.

It happened in Bransbury Road, Eastney, Portsmouth, with shops targeted in nearby Eastney Road.

Residents have reacted with anger over the vandalism, which is now being investigated as criminal damage by police.

Oliver Rogers, 25, lives in Bransbury Road.

He said: ‘It’s not surprising – the amount of crime that goes on in this road.

‘The bus stop gets smashed up every so often.

‘I don’t see why police got here from 2pm this afternoon when the incident happened at 2am this morning.

‘There’s the usual disturbances at the ball courts as they are never locked so the spotlights can be turned on at any time.’

Another resident, who asked not to be identified, said: ‘I heard a lot of racket so I opened the window.

‘I saw these three boys jumping on a lorry.

‘I was watching them so I turned my television off.’

The shops hit by the paint vandal were San Kebab, New Firtree Chinese, Cards & Balloons-R-Us, Cloud 9 and Premier Cafe, all in Eastney Road.

Vehicles affected include a Jaguar X-Type, a Ford Mondeo, Ford Transit, a Merdeces, a Peugeot, a Skoda, a Vauxhall Corsa and a Vauxhall Astra.

The brazen vandals even put a series of handprints on an Aqua Cars taxi and a Land Rover parked up in the road.

Handprints were also left on the glass panes on a bus stop.

The pavement didn’t escape the vandalism either, with what looks like initials daubed on the floor.

Tyre marks have been left in the road after they too were covered in paint.

Police Community Support Officers were patrolling the area yesterday afternoon.

Anyone with information should call PC Paula Sacree on 101.

 

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