Police hunt car with L-plates after vandals attacked 70 cars

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Police are looking for a dark coloured hatchback car which was displaying two ‘L’ plates on the bonnet and two ‘L’ plates on the rear tailgate as part of their inquiries into vandalism caused to 70 cars on Sunday.

The cars were vandalised between late afternoon and late evening on Sunday as we reported here.

The hatchback car the police are trying to trace was seen on the Honna Road junction with the Bradda Road in Port Erin at about 8:15pm on Sunday.

Sergeant Gary Heaton said: ‘Inquiries are continuing and we are keen to trace a dark-coloured hatchback car which was displaying two ‘L’ plates on the bonnet and two ‘L’ plates on the rear tailgate which was seen on the Honna Road junction with the Bradda Road at about 8:15pm.

‘The vehicle may prove vital in relation to the inquiry and I would urge the driver to contact the police to assist us with our inquiry.

‘I would also like to take the opportunity to thank the public for their assistance so far in the inquiry.

‘I also want to say to those members of the public who have had their vehicles damaged. While we would normally visit victims of crime at the beginning of an inquiry when the matter is reported, due to the sheer number of victims that this incident has created, now standing at approximately 70 cars resources are stretched but as an interim measure we will be writing to them with information as to how to obtain a crime reference number and other information to help, which will be hand delivered but at a time when it may not be feasible to talk to the victims.

‘I also re-iterate the reward offered by Crimestoppers of up to £1,000 leading to the arrest and conviction of offenders involved in the incident.

‘Finally I would urge anyone who may have sold the substances unknowingly to contact the police to assist with the inquiry or anyone with any information to call any police station or call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.’

More on this story, including photographs, in tomorrow’s Manx Independent.

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