After a series of criminal damages to vehicles parked in a car park behind the Sports centre in the Stanmer Park area, police have advised the public not to leave their vehicles in this location.
The warning came after a number of cars underwent damage by vandals. The Badger was told by an employee of the Sports Centre that the initial incident had been reported to the police by students using the centre, who were immediately declared chief suspects.
One student who had left her car in the car park found it damaged. She first realised that something was wrong when she saw her car seats lying on the tarmac around her car. A few items were stolen from the car including the subwoofer, stereo and disc changer.
The thieves gained access by smashing the passenger window. They left a rubber kitchen glove in the back of the car which is now being tested for DNA evidence.
The area is relatively vulnerable, in comparison with other areas around campus, as it less rigorously monitored by security. Another incident occurred in East Slope car park. A student, Matt Gray, woke one morning planning to take his girlfriend on a romantic day out, only to find a Sainsbury’s trolley embedded in his VW Golf. Gray now has to pay repair costs of £238. What was most shocking for Gray was the likelihood that the damage was caused by students of the University. Speaking to The Badger, he reflected that at the time he was “as mad as a lizard”.
On discovering the wreckage the following morning, security were unable to officially report the incident to the police, as this must be done by the aggrieved party.