Police appeal for public help after cars were damaged across Hunter

POLICE have appealed for public assistance after more than 30 parked cars were damaged across the Hunter.

Newcastle City Local Area Command Duty Officer Chief Inspector Dean Olsen said police had received reports from residents in Shortland, Merewether, Bar Beach, Stockton, Islington and Mayfield of car windows and side mirrors being smashed.

It is believed the people causing the damage were travelling in a motor vehicle and committed the offences between 10pm on Friday and 6am on Saturday.

Chief Inspector Olsen said rainy and windy weather may have prevented owners from hearing their vehicles being damaged.

“I’m urging anyone who may have seen anything or anyone suspicious in those suburbs mentioned, to come forward and contact investigators,” he said.

“These incidents occurred across several suburbs and we believe there may be more victims affected; so my officers are very keen to find those responsible quickly.”

Investigators from Newcastle City Local Area Command are seeking CCTV footage of the incidents.

They have urged anyone with information that could assist investigators to contact Newcastle City Police or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000. Information can be given anonymously.

Reports of damage can also be made to the Police Assistance Line on 131 444.