Man given conditional caution after admitting criminal damage to cars in Woodford Halse


A man has been given a conditional caution after admitting causing criminal damage to several cars in Woodford Halse earlier this month.

A total of seventeen cars parked in Station Road, Percy Road and Castle Road were damaged in the early hours of Sunday, 6 December. Tyres were slashed and the wing mirrors of some of the vehicles were also damaged and paintwork was scratched.

The 33-year-old local man was arrested last week and, after admitting the offences, has been given a conditional caution.

Sergeant Sam Dobbs said: “When police make a decision on what to do with someone who has admitted an offence, they take into consideration previous offending history, and the admission, before deciding how to deal with the offender.

“One option open in the circumstances at Woodford Halse is a conditional caution – a way in which the offender can make good. An offer has been made for the damage to be paid for, in which case the caution will stand. If this is not followed through, the offender will be dealt with more formally through the conventional processes.

“But, with a conditional caution, the victims stand a better chance of feeling that justice has been served, with their losses remunerated. It’s a good scheme when it works and is also better for the offender.

“I would like to thank the local community for their support and assistance during the investigation, which has helped achieve a swift and positive outcome.”