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Police van has fuel pipe cut and brakes tampered with

Police van has fuel pipe cut and brakes tampered with

Published by Sarah Yeoman at 6:54am 21st April 2020.

A police van has had its fuel pipe cut and its brakes tampered with in Newquay.

Officers sat it was a "deliberate act" that put police and the public at risk.

An appeal has been issued to help find the culprit after the marked Ford Transit vehicle was targeted between 3.30pm on Wednesday 15th April and 9.30am the following day.

It was parked in a designated bay in the car park outside of Newquay Police Station and the town’s railway station in Tolcarne Road.

The damage was first noticed when an officer attending an incident on Thursday 16th April spotted a large pool of fuel under the van.

It was recovered and a force mechanic subsequently discovered the vehicle’s fuel pipe had been cut and its rear brake pipes were damaged. 

“This deliberate act could have resulted in a serious accident involving officers and members of the public.

"We were fortunate that officers spotted the damage early in their shift.”

Inspector Guy Blackford

Anyone who has information is urged to contact police by calling 101, or emailing 101@dc.police.uk, quoting crime reference CR/031609/20.

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