Spate of criminal damage in Weymouth - Appeal

Officers in Weymouth are appealing for witnesses and anyone with information to come forward following a spate of criminal damage involving fireworks in the town – with one man arrested.

Police were called at around 9.30pm on Wednesday 5 November 2014 to Franklin Road in Weymouth following reports of a group of four men setting off fireworks in the street and throwing them at vehicles and buildings.

During this incident a woman was struck by a waste bin and a firework was propelled through the door of a passing taxi.

Household waste bins were caught alight by discharged fireworks and had to be extinguished by residents. Incidents in which fireworks were thrown through the letterboxes of two properties in nearby Longcroft Road were also reported.

The offenders have been described as wearing dark-coloured hooded jumpers. One was said to be wearing a dark coloured Adidas hooded jumper with grey stripes down the arms.

Police Constable Will Conroy, of Weymouth and Portland police, said: “This was a frightening experience for the residents and members of public who were in Franklin Road at the time. I would like to hear from anyone who witnessed what happened or who may have information about the people responsible to come forward.

“All calls will be treated with the strictest confidence.”

A 19-year-old man from Dorchester was arrested on suspicion of assault and has been released on police bail pending further enquiries until early December.

Witnesses and anyone with information should call Dorset Police in confidence on 101 quoting crime number C:14D:46186. Alternatively, call the free and anonymous Crimestoppers line on 0800 555 111 where mobile phone tariffs may apply.

Issued: 6 November 2014

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