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18 cars attacked and homes damaged in Kingsway vandalism spree

By The Citizen  |  Posted: January 03, 2014

  • Kingsway car vandalism

  • Gloucestershire Constabulary

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VANDALS have dished out a miserable start to 2014 for Kingsway motorists after 18 cars there were broken into or damaged in a wrecking spree on Thursday morning.

Some homes in the area were also hit as windows were smashed by yobs “for fun”.

As the new year credit card bills begin to drop, it is the last thing many needed following the expense of Christmas.

Care worker Ciara Wakefield, 20, was greeted with broken glass when she prepared to go back to work as her Ford Ka had been broken into.

“It was around 6.15am and I was going up to my car and saw all the broken glass on the floor,” she said.

“Nothing had been taken and it looked as though it had just been done for the fun of it. I was so angry.

“I need my car for work and not only is it the inconvenience of having to get the damage repaired, but it is also expensive.

“It will cost me £75 in excess fees for the insurance and I could lose my no-claims bonus too.

“Apparently they broke into over 18 cars in the area. They didn't steal anything, but were supposedly doing it for fun. I think things like this are an absolute disgrace.

“This is the last thing I needed after Christmas and it’s not a good way to start the new year.”

The front driver’s side window of her car had been smashed and as a result the headlights had also come on.

Luckily she didn’t have a flat battery, but her car was one of 18 to have been targeted in the early hours of Thursday morning.

Officers were called to the Kingsway area at about 4.55am to reports of house windows and car wing mirrors being smashed.

Cars and property in Valley Gardens, Thatcham Avenue, Miona Avenue, Ashgrove Close, Digby Green and Oakhanger Lane were targeted.

Those suspected of being involved in the damage were later rounded up by police and a specialist dog team following a short chase.

A police spokesman said: “Following a pursuit including the use of police dogs, three people in the area were arrested at around 5.30am.

“Two 17-year-old boys and an 18-year-old man were arrested on suspicion of criminal damage and remain in police custody.

“We want to know about any other victims who haven't come forward as well so would urge people to call us on 101 and quote incident 35 if they discover their car has been damaged.”

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  • rikkiduba  |  January 03 2014, 2:04PM

    It's all part of Project Mayhem.

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  • Halo123  |  January 03 2014, 11:41AM

    I lived in Abbeymead for a number of years. My car was broken into, a neighbour was murdered another "neighbour" threatened my children. So NibNobs let's not get into this area Gloucester is better than that better of Gloucester. This could of happened in any area at any time. Well done to the police for catching the suspects.

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  • Bob_Carolgees  |  January 03 2014, 10:30AM

    Ah yes NibNobs, Abbeymead. That area that had a man murdered, women raped and has had gang related problems. Nowhere has a 100% perfect crime rate and were those arrested even local to Kingsway? There were similar incidents in the estate by the cattle market, same people responsible?

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  • Parent51  |  January 02 2014, 8:13PM

    Make them pay for the damage caused.

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  • Cheerio  |  January 02 2014, 6:54PM

    So a few car windows got smashed by drunk guys at New Year. You see that in so called "nice" areas like Montpellier & Leckhampton every weekend. Glad the police caught them, just hope justice is served.

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  • gstuartm  |  January 02 2014, 6:27PM

    Hopefully those arrested were also responsible for the damage caused to a number of vehicles in other parts of Kingsway in the two evenings before Christmas and we will see the end of it (and that spree of mindless vandalism will also be added to the charge sheet)

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  • Spitroast2006  |  January 02 2014, 5:31PM

    Very arrogant of you NibNobs. I think you'll find most houses are initially overpriced by estate agents trying to win business no matter where you live. And as for Estate Agents advertising Kingsway as Quedgeley, that'll be for no other reason than Kingsway actually being a part of Quedgeley - feel free to check with council, royal mail, etc. I recently searched long and hard for a house in Glos and could reel off good and bad points about all it's suburbs, but I'm very happy with my Kingsway choice so far and won't let a couple of scuffers (highly likely to live outside of Kingsway) change my opinion.

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  • Gem2014  |  January 02 2014, 2:33PM

    NibNobs - don;t be so rude! I have lived in Kingsway for two years and up to today had no problems whatsoever! Kingsway like other places has bad pockets but on the whole is a lovely place to live!

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  • NibNobs  |  January 02 2014, 1:13PM

    No wonder people who have bought new houses there find it much harder to sell them compared to similar estates like Abbeymead, and often only can move after reducing the selling price more than once. Estate agents now advertise houses on Kingsway as 'Quedgeley' so as not to put buyers off.

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  • Beegeeuk  |  January 02 2014, 12:19PM

    Mindless a**holes!!!

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