Police appeal following criminal damage of children’s fairground rides in Hitchin

PUBLISHED: 18:33 10 August 2018 | UPDATED: 19:07 10 August 2018

Officers are investigating after vandals damaged fairground rides in Hitchin.

Officers are investigating after vandals damaged fairground rides in Hitchin.


Children’s fairground rides have been “mindlessly vandalised” in Hitchin’s Market Place – police are now appealing for information and witnesses.

It is alleged that the offender(s) removed a number of plastic covers from lights on the structure of a helter skelter ride between 9.30pm on Tuesday, July 31 and 6.30am on Wednesday, August 1.

The helter skelter mats had also been thrown around the vicinity, and a wooden stool was smashed.

The gate for the ride was damaged and a nearby children’s train ride was also tampered with.

PC Andy Hadden said: “This mindless vandalism meant that the owners of these rides were not able to open them to the public until they had been fixed, meaning their business was affected.

“I am appealing to anyone who may have witnessed what happened, or saw anyone acting suspiciously in the area, to please come forward.”

Anyone with information should email PC Hadden on andrew.hadden@herts.police.uk.

You can also it report online at herts.police.uk/Report or call the non-emergency number 101, quoting crime reference number 41/23103/18.

Alternatively, you can contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or through their anonymous online form at crimestoppers-uk.org.

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