Town hall determined to help catch those involved in Balham vandalism

Published: Thursday 23rd February 17

The town hall’s community safety spokesman Jonathan Cook says the council will be working closely to support and assist the police investigation into an outbreak of vandalism that has caused deep upset and anxiety in Balham in recent days.

Wandsworth police are currently investigating more than two dozen reports of cars that have had their windows smashed while parked in residential streets across Balham, Bedford and Nightingale wards.

There are reports too that a small number of homes have also suffered damage to windows.

The council's CCTV network could help trace the culprits

It appears that that the culprits may be using some kind of weapon, possibly a catapault, a slingshot or some type of air pistol to commit these offences – which are believed to have been committed from a moving vehicle.

Cllr Cook said: “Local people are obviously very concerned at this spate of drive-by attacks on property. I would like to reassure them that the council is fully committed to working with the police to trace those responsible and bring them to justice.

“We will be checking footage from our very extensive network of CCTV cameras to try and identify the vehicle involved and make sure that those behind these mindless and disgraceful incidents are brought to justice.

“We would certainly encourage anyone with information about these incidents to contact Wandsworth Police on their 101 number.

“And people can also pass on information anonymously to Crimestoppers via their 0800 555 111 hotline. By doing so they may qualify for a cash reward of up to £1,000 if the information they provide leads to the arrest and conviction of these thugs.”

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This is worrying for everyone. The youth need more outlets for their energies, exuberance and most importantly frustrations. What about allowing greater ability for people to make and sell products in a hawker style environment. Or more physical activities outdoors provided by the council. Anyway, that is my 2 pence worth!
Gareth Slade

25 February 2017