Hunt for youths after “mindless damage” spree in Holbeach

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Police are hunting youths responsible for a vandalism spree in Holbeach, including lorries being pelted with objects while travelling on the A17.

In all, five separate incidents have been reported to police including damage to the University of Lincoln, Holbeach, and concrete blocks left on a stretch of road between Low Lane and Park Road.

The spree started at about 9.40pm on Sunday when a shed and fencing were damaged in Cecil Pywell Avenue, Holbeach.

Then at about 11pm the same evening, lorries heading towards Fleet Hargate on the A17 had brick rubble thrown at them, causing some damage but no injuries to any of the drivers.

The spree got even worse when concrete blocks were left on the road an area near Low Lane which was reported to police at about 11.40pm.

Vandals then targeted a house in Cecil Pywell Avenue where an aerial was pulled down and ripped from a wall, although police think may have happened on Sunday as well.

Finally, the University of Lincoln buildings at Holbeach Technology Park, Park Road, were hit as signage, a gas meter, and a bench were damaged, along with a shed having its door pulled off.

A Lincolnshire Police spokesman said: “We are appealing for help from the public in relation to some serious anti-social behavior and criminal damage in Holbeach which occurred mostly during Sunday and into the early hours of Monday morning.

“Alarmingly, we had three separate reports of lorries being struck with missiles whilst travelling on the A17 between the roundabout in Boston Road South and Battlefields Lane South and also in the Penny Hill area.

“Luckily, this resulted in damage only to the vehicles but it could have been much worse.

“We believe this catalogue of incidents involving mindless damage and dangerous interference with vehicles could be connected to one group and we need to identify the persons responsible.

“A number of people have been shocked or frightened by them and if they continue, it could only be a matter of time before someone is hurt.”

Anyone with information should call 101, stating incident 374 of April.

You can also ring Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.