Tyres slashed and window smashed in arson attempt

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CROOKS slashed the tyres of an Audi A4, smashed its rear windscreen and tried to set it on fire.

They targeted the vehicle left in the car park of St Mary’s First School in New Road, Northchurch, between 9.30pm on Friday, March 11, and 11.30am on Saturday, March 12.

Yobs damaged the driver’s side of the car and slashed its four tyres. They then returned at around 2.45am on Sunday, March 13 to break its back window and tired to set it alight but made off when they were disturbed by a member of the public.

School headteacher Sarah Jones said nearby homes have permission to park on school grounds overnight.

She said: “I have been here for six years now, and I have never heard of this happening before.”

If you saw anyone acting suspiciously in the area at the time of the incidents, or have any information to aid police, phone Kevin Deudon on 0845 33 00 222, quoting crime reference number D2/11/221.

Alternatively, call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 and you could be entitled to a cash reward.

Mr Deudon said: “Your information could prove vital.”

>An 18 year old from Hemel Hempstead has been arrested for arson and was released on police bail pending further inquiries by police.