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Police seek teen suspect over one-night criminal damage spate in Ringwood





POLICE have released a description of a teenage suspect being sought following a one-night spate of vandalism in Ringwood.

Investigations are continuing after windows were smashed as a convenience store and vehicles were targeted during the night of Saturday 3rd February.

As reported in the A&T, glass doors and large windows were hit at Morrisons Daily on Hightown Road.

Vandals smashed the front doors and windows at the Morrisons Daily store on Hightown Road in Ringwood
Vandals smashed the front doors and windows at the Morrisons Daily store on Hightown Road in Ringwood

Two cars had their windows broken on Whitehart Fields in the Poulner area; and a windscreen and a mirror were broken on two vehicles on Parsonage Barn Lane.

Ringwood Community Fridge also had donated tubs of coleslaw scattered over the car park outside its Ringwood Library base.

The suspect is described as white, aged about 17, 5ft 11ins-6ft tall, slim build. He was wearing a jacket with a high-visibility horizontal line across the chest, and a hooded top with a white stripe.

As the community reeled from the mini crimewave, town and district councillor John Haywood called for more resources to be given to local officers, saying the continued trouble “harms the feeling of trust in society”.

Vandals smashed the front doors and windows at the Morrisons Daily store on Hightown Road in Ringwood
Vandals smashed the front doors and windows at the Morrisons Daily store on Hightown Road in Ringwood

New Forest Insp. Darren Ord said: “We believe these incidents to be linked and are doing everything we can to find those responsible.

“Officers will continue to provide high-visibility patrols in the area, so please speak with them if you have anything you want to discuss, or any concerns or issues you wish to raise.

“Additionally, if you also experienced any damage to your property last weekend, and haven’t yet reported this to us, please do so at the earliest opportunity.”

Witnesses continue to be urged to come forward, as well as those who may have useful CCTV, dash cam or mobile phone video footage.

Those with information should contact the force online at Hampshire.police.uk or by calling 101, quoting reference 44240050823.



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