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Anger as caravan shot at
DAMAGE valued at thousands of pounds has been caused to a caravan in Charmouth following a spate of vandalism.
The owners of the caravan discovered the damage to the caravan on Wood Farm caravan and camping park after returning to the park for a holiday.
They immediately informed staff at the park, who then called the police.
Police believe the vandals struck between Thursday, October 10 and Thursday, October 17, and may have been shooting a gun loaded with ball bearings at the caravan, or at the hedges which screen it.
There are 30 dents along one side of the caravan and it is estimated the total cost of repair will be approximately £3,000.
No other caravans have been damaged.
PCSO John Burton said: “Luckily, it has only affected the metal panel that runs along the one side of the caravan and hasn’t hit or smashed any windows.
“The caravan is located on the other side of a hedge and tree, with the van’s side running adjacent to the hedge and the trees. It looks like somebody may have been shooting a BB gun at the hedges.
“Whether they were aiming for something we do not know, and the pellets have gone straight through and hit the caravan.
“There are around 30 little dents and marks on it and we are appealing for witnesses to come forward, as we expect people who may have been within the campsite’s confines at the time may have seen or heard something.”
This follows police stepping up patrols at caravan and camp sites around West Dorset following a series of thefts from caravans, mainly in the Puncknowle area.
Adrian Darby, manager of the Wood Farm caravan and camping park, said: “It is very unusual for this caravan park, and unfortunately we don’t have any more information on who did it or how it was done.
“It happened in between the customer’s visits to the park and the damage has been done to the one side of the van.”
Any witnesses or anybody with any information is urged to contact Dorset Police on 101 and quote the crime number C:13D:043681.