Cars smashed and nursery ransacked in vandal spree

The vandals smashed up a bus shelter on Newhaven Road. Picture: Toby Williams
The vandals smashed up a bus shelter on Newhaven Road. Picture: Toby Williams
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CARS were trashed and a nursery raided as vandals went on a wrecking spree.

Windows, windscreens and a bus shelter were shattered during a mile-long rampage in Newhaven Road on Thursday night.

Thieves also made off with electronic gadgets including laptops and iPads after breaking into the Meadows Nursery on Pilrig Street.

Police are now looking into whether the vandalism and the nursery break-in are linked.

Lyndsey Devine, of Bonnyhaugh, was among the residents whose cars were damaged and she estimated that around eight vehicles had been smashed.

She said: “Someone’s gone on a rampage. It’s so mindless.

“There was my car, and I saw another two when I took my daughter up to the nursery.

“Then I saw another three or four and an estate car ­further down looked like it had its windows and the windscreen smashed.

“My passenger-side window was smashed, so mine wasn’t that bad in comparison, but I’m a community nurse and I rely on my car for work.

The 34-year-old said it looked like “something sharp” or possibly a hammer had been used to shatter the windows in Bonnyhaugh, Newhaven Road and Pilrig Street.

A staff member from the Meadows Nursery said there had been a break-in but was unable to reveal how much had been taken.

But Sam Kennedy, who takes her three-year-old daughter Chloe to the same nursery, said “traumatised” workers had told her that laptops and iPads used by the children were part of the thieves’ haul.

She said: “One of the playrooms has been smashed and it looks like maybe someone has forced the front door open to get back out.

“Hopefully the police will catch them. We don’t normally have any trouble. This is quite a family area. I’m shocked.

“It’s never nice when somewhere’s broken into and the staff were all a bit traumatised.” A force spokesman said police were investigating following a break-in and theft at a nursery on Pilrig Street at around 9.30pm on Thursday evening.

He added: “A number of items of electronic equipment were stolen.

“Officers are also appealing for witnesses after a number of car windows were smashed on Newhaven Road on Thursday evening.

“Anyone who was in the area at the time and who noticed any suspicious activity is asked to contact police immediately on 101.”

Nick Gardner, Labour councillor for Leith Walk, said he was concerned and surprised to learn of the incidents.

“It can be very distressing when there is a break-in and I hope there is enough evidence for the police to make an arrest very quickly,” he told the Evening News.

The windows of nine cars were smashed with a “sharp implement” in the New Town last Saturday morning.