Traders and other businesses are waiting for police to catch vandals who went on a criminal damage spree in Spalding town centre.
Police claimed that about 15 businesses were targeted overnight on Tuesday when windows and doors were scratched to the point where some had to be replaced.
The spree took place in The Crescent, although there were also reports of vandalism in Bridge Street, Francis Street, New Road and Hall Place as well.
Michael Atkinson of George Adams and Sons Butchers in The Crescent said: “We came in to set the tills up with money on Wednesday morning and noticed a hole or mark in the window.
“I had a closer inspection and noticed that it had been smashed, with a stone and glass splattered around inside the shop.
Gary Parkinson of Parky’s Pranks, also in The Crescent, said: “I got in on Wednesday morning and there were three 12-inch cuts on the window.
“It looked like a glass cutting tool or key had been used and a glazier who came out reckoned that if it had been cold, the window would have cracked even more.
“Everyone is angry about it and for it to have happened so close to the Pumpkin Festival wasn’t good.”
Karl Sergison of Sergi’s Deli in Francis Street added: “We got off lightly because we have old-style Georgian windows, but what happened is outrageous.”
Traders left outraged by the ‘wanton vandalism’ spree in Spalding overnight on Tuesday have been backed by the man responsible for promoting the town centre.
Dennis Hannant, town centre manager for Spalding, said: “I was made aware of what happened on Wednesday and something retailers don’t need in this current climate.
“It’s wanton vandalism which is also deteriorating the look of the town.”
A Lincolnshire Police spokesman said: “We have identified the suspects from CCTV images and matters are now progressing.
“We will let people know as and when any charges are brought.”