Lives put at risk when Police van tampered with

From Devon & Cornwall Police:

Officers and members of the public were put at risk when a police van’s fuel pipe was cut and its brakes tampered with in Newquay.

An appeal has been issued to help find the culprit after the marked Ford Transit vehicle was targeted between 3.30pm on Wednesday 15 April and 9.30am the following day.

It was parked in a designated bay in the car park outside of Newquay Police Station and the town’s railway station in Tolcarne Road.

The damage was first noticed when an officer attending an incident on Thursday 16 April spotted a large pool of fuel under the van.

It was recovered and a force mechanic subsequently discovered the vehicle’s fuel pipe had been cut and its rear brake pipes were damaged.

Inspector Guy Blackford said: “This deliberate act could have resulted in a serious accident involving officers and members of the public. We were fortunate that officers spotted the damage early in their shift.”

Anyone who has information is urged to contact police by calling 101, or emailing 101@dc.police.uk, quoting crime reference CR/031609/20.

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