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£250 reward to help catch telly slashers

A BUSINESSMAN has put up a £250 reward in a bid to catch vandals who slashed the aerial and satellite wires of at least 15 homes.

A BUSINESSMAN has put up a £250 reward in a bid to catch vandals who slashed the aerial and satellite wires of at least 15 homes.

Bemused residents in Albert Street and Chequers, Clayton-le-Moors, woke last Thursday morning to find their televisions were out of order.

Police say they can find no motive for the attack, which happened between 2am and 6am, and left householders footing the bill for the repairs - an average of £30 each.

Pickup Street resident John Singleton, who owns Blackburn-based Aerial and Satellite Services, claimed as many as 50 homes had been affected, although this could not be confirmed by police.

He said several neighbours had asked for his help since the vandalism, which he claimed was the latest in a long list of incidents in Clayton.

He decided to offer the reward for the arrest and conviction of the offenders in the hope it would provide "a platform for residents to say enough is enough".

He added: "Anti-social behaviour is a big problem here at the moment. The police do the best they can but only last week there were at least eight people fighting in one street.

"I live opposite the park and every morning there are broken bottles all over the place. The £250 is the money I have got from repairing the damage they have done and I want to give it back to the people of Clayton. If the reward money is not collected, I will donate it to All Saints Church."

Paula Beck, of Albert Street, said that she discovered her two televisions weren't working when she woke up on Thursday morning. She originally thought it was due to storms. But her daughter, Natasha, 10, discovered that the three aerial and satellite cables outside had been cut when she left for school.

Paula said: "It is senseless - I can't understand why anyone would do it. Everybody has to pay for the repairs now - fixing my three cables will cost me £75.

"It is the inconvenience of it all and the fact that I now have to get the money together to pay for it. It is just ridiculous."

Neighbour Gill Lawrence added: "The people who did this are mindless idiots - there's no other way of putting it."

PC Damien Coupe, of Great Harwood Police, said: "It was an unprovoked attack on property - somebody seems to have gone down the street cutting the cables with a knife. Anyone with information should contact us on 353730."


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