Home attacked and cars damaged as vandals go on terrifying rampage in Chaddesden
NEIGHBOURS were left "frightened" and "angry" when a group of vandals targeted their street and damaged their cars.
At least four vehicles were affected and one home had windows smashed during the incident in Northwood Avenue, Chaddesden.
Couple Vikki and Stuart Winfield said they were returning home on Sunday at about 12.45am when they saw about 10 youths in their street.
Mrs Winfield, 35, said the group stopped their taxi reaching their home and – after discovering their car had also been damaged – she suffered a panic attack and had to be taken to hospital.
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Neighbour Andrea Williams, 43, said the youths threw an oil can at her house, before smashing one of her windows and pouring the substance over her car.
Police have confirmed they are investigating the incident. No arrests have yet been made.
Mrs Winfield said: "It was a frightening thing to happen at that time of night. Afterwards, I just collapsed and had a severe panic attack and had to go to hospital.
"I've been having panic attacks for the past four years but not like that.
"We've only been living here about a year so we're incredibly angry this happened."
Mr Winfield, 32, said: "I called the police immediately after it happened. We think the dents on the bonnet of our car were caused by them jumping from one vehicle to another."
Mrs Williams said she and her family were aware of the incident after being woken by noises.
She said: "We got up and saw them running around our vehicles, before they threw the oil can at our wall.
"They used gravel to smash our window and chip another, and poured the oil over our car. I heard one asking for a lighter and then they went down the street. I called the police but it was quite distressing and I couldn't wait for them to arrive."
Another neighbour whose vehicle was damaged was Mel Brewin, 65.
He said: "They dented the roof of my car and I reckon it will cost about £600 to fix it. I didn't know anything about it until the neighbours told me the next day.
"They said they think the youths jumped from one vehicle to another to cause the dents. It's stupid vandalism and I just hope it's an isolated incident."
Brian Peake, 65, whose van was also damaged, said: "There were three cars in a row, including my van, which were damaged. But, of all the years I've been here, I've not known anything like this to happen."
A spokesman for Derbyshire police said they received several calls to the incident between 12.35am and 1.05am.
Anyone with information is asked to call Derbyshire police on 101 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555111.