21st October 2010
VANDALS have slashed a police car’s tyres in Uffculme for the second time in six months.
The attack in The Square, thought to have been done with a knife, left officers stranded for two hours waiting for a recovery vehicle to take them back to Cullompton.
PCSO Dave Waller and youth intervention officer Hannah Cortese had been in Uffculme to speak to teenagers about local issues.
Police are now considering the possibility of re-applying for dispersal powers under Section 30 of the Anti-social Behaviour Act, which allows officers to break up potentially threatening groups of people.
A spokesman said anti-social behaviour eased after extra policing powers were put in place for a six-month period last December, but vandalism is back on the increase.