Cars damaged in ‘drive-by’ vandal attacks from Mitsubishi pick-up

AROUND a dozen cars in Winterbourne have been damaged in a series of drive-by attacks using pellets or ball bearings.

Police have appealed for help tracing the suspect vehicle – believed to be a dark L200 Mitsubishi 4×4 pick up truck, with a hard rear cover.

The attacks happened overnight on December 27 to 28 and involved cars parked in Park Avenue, Common Road, Nicholls Lane, Dragon Road, Cloisters Road, and North Road.

An Avon & Somerset police spokesperson said officers were aware of 11 vehicles and one building that had been damaged, although other incidents may not have been reported.

Police beat manager for Winterbourne and Hambrook, PC Paula Stone, said car bodywork and windscreens had been damaged. 

It was not known whether an air weapon or catapult was used to inflict the damage.

A CCTV image of the car that police believe was involved.

The police spokesperson said: “Fortunately, we are glad to report nobody was injured.

“We are still taking this matter extremely seriously and enquiries are ongoing to identify the person or persons responsible.

“Officers from the neighbourhood team in the days after collected CCTV from businesses and have knocked on doors to try to gather as much information as possible.”

The police have called on anyone who has information about what happened to either call 101 or visit the police website, quoting the crime reference number 5223 316 044.