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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