Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Victims 'Fed Up' as Cars Are Targeted

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Victims 'Fed Up' as Cars Are Targeted

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Byline: Ian Johnson Reporter ian.johnson01@trinitymirror.com

A CRIME victim today asked: "What's the point" after vandals targeted cars in a spree in his street.

Balal Hanif, along with three of his neighbours, found a vandal had scratched their cars in the daylight attacks.

He said this was the second time this has happened in just a year and it has left him feeling fed up.

"This has happened before and the thing is, I got the car repaired and now look what's happened - I can't be bothered with it again," said the 30-yearold, whose Ford Focus was scratched outside his home in Croydon Road, central Middlesbrough.

"It will just cost me more money, and it isn't even worth me claiming it on my insurance. You just think what's the point of doing anything."

The latest official police figures show that between February 2015 and this January, Cleveland Police dealt with around seven cases of anti-social behaviour a day, along with almost 500 acts of criminal damage a year, just in the centre of Middlesbrough alone. …

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