Posted on 12th February 2018
Damage caused to two of the vehicles
Our officers from the Safer Neighbourhood team in South Derbyshire are appealing for witnesses after a number of reports of vehicles being damaged by objects being thrown from a moving van.
The team have received six separate reports of cars being damaged as they are driving through the district, by objects being thrown from the passenger side of a moving white ‘transit’ type van.
Most of the incidents have been reported as happening between 2pm and 3pm on Friday, February 9 on Sutton Lane in Hatton, Buckford Lane in Findern, Derby Road in Hilton and Stenson Road in Stenson. They are also linking these incidents to a similar report on Swarkestone Road in Chellaston at around 2.30pm on Thursday, February 1.
In all of the incidents, damage has appeared to have been caused by someone throwing objects, including a stone, brick and piece of concrete, from the passenger side of a moving white ‘transit’ type van.
Sergeant Graham Summers, who is in charge of neighbourhood policing for South Derbyshire, said: “These motiveless acts of damage are completely reckless.
“All the victims have been driving their vehicles when the incident has happened and as well as the obvious danger being caused to them there is a clear danger to other road users as the driver’s attention is distracted.
“The only description we have is that the objects were thrown from a white transit type van and on one of the occasions there were said to be three people wearing high-visibility jackets in the front of the van.
“We would ask that if anyone has seen anything suspicious or thinks that they may have dash-cam footage that they make contact with us.
“We are also aware that there may be more victims that have not reported the incident to us and so we would also ask that they let us know.”
Officers are keeping an open-mind as to whether these incidents are linked to a similar incident outside the Royal Derby Hospital, in late-November last year.
If you have any information about these incidents please contact the team on 101, quoting reference number 18000067077.
Alternatively send them a message online by visiting the Contact Us section of our website HERE.
You can also anonymously contact the independent charity Crimestoppers, on 0800 555 111 or by visiting www.crimestoppers-uk.org