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Swastika symbols and swear words sprayed on cars as vandals cause criminal damage in Chesham

| September 28, 2015

Criminal damage was caused to vehicles, signs and a garage door in Chesham during the early hours of Sunday 27th September 2015.

Sometime between about 2.30am and 6.00am, 10 cars and vans were damaged with either black or gold spray paint.

Swastika symbols were sprayed on two of the vehicles and swear words were daubed on another. The other vehicles were sprayed with lines.

The vehicles were parked in the following locations at the time they were damaged :

  • The Spinney (three vehicles at different addresses)
  • The Braid (one vehicle)
  • Codmore Crescent (two vehicles)
  • White Hill (four vehicles at one address)

In addition, a sign at Chesham Grammar School and another at Chesham Leisure Centre were spray-painted gold and a swear word was sprayed on the garage door of a home in White Hill. Graffiti was also sprayed on a fence in The Spinney.

In each of these cases, the paint has been cleaned off.

Sgt James Ellis, Neighbourhood Sergeant based at Chesham Police Station, said: ‘Whilst these incidents are being linked, we do not believe that the victims have been specifically targeted, which I hope will reassure members of the local community.

They have, however, caused distress and inconvenience to a number of local residents. Not only have the vehicle owners been left with the burden of having to remove the paint but, given the nature of some of the graffiti and symbols used, they have been left unable to use their vehicles.

If anyone witnessed any of these incidents or has any information please call us on 101 quoting URN 309 of 27/9. In particular, we are keen to speak to parents, carers or anyone who knows someone who has recently bought or got hold of black or gold spray paint which may have been used to cause this damage.

If you do not want to speak directly to the police you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111. No personal details are taken, information is not traced or recorded and you will not go to court.

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