‘Spy cameras’ bid to track down Colne car vandals

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HIDDEN cameras could be set up to clamp down on car crime in Colne.

A meeting of Pendle Council’s Colne and District Committee heard that late-night vandals were operating in the Keighley Road area of town.

Newly-elected Boulsworth ward councillor Paul White said he had received complaints from a number of residents whose cars had been damaged.

He suggested following the lead of other towns in East Lancashire by setting up special spy cameras to catch the culprits in the act. “By using the hidden cameras, hopefully we’ll be able to get the evidence needed to make an arrest”.

The new chairman of the committee, Coun. George Askew, said: “These vandals are causing hundreds of pounds of damage to the cars of good, honest, innocent people.

“We need to catch the perpetrators and send a clear message that such behaviour is not acceptable in Colne.”

Pendle’s police inspector, Phil Davies, told the committee the route was popular with revellers on their way home from the town centre.

“I know officers have stepped up their night time patrols in the area and have been encouraging residents to fold their wingmirrors in at night to deter vandals.”

Councillors also raised their concerns to Insp. Davies over an increase in cross boarder crime in Colne’s rural areas.

Coun. Mike Calvert told the committee he understood thieves were using scrambler bikes to make their getaway.

He said: “This is becoming a real problem. These thieves are using the bikes to cut across the fields undetected as their number plates can’t be tracked.”

Insp. Davies said there had been thefts in the rural areas and he believed motor bikes were being used to conceal the thieves’ identity.

He said police were stepping up their efforts to catch those responsible.

Anyone with information about either of these incidents should contact Colne Neighbourhood Policing Team on 472441 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111..