Dozens of vehicles in Thanet targeted by vandals in early morning spree

Vehicles suffered damage including smashed windows

Dozens of cars and vans have been damaged in a spate of vandalism across Westgate, Birchington and Garlinge in the early hours of this morning (September 10).

Vehicles in High Street, Alicia Avenue and St James Park Avenue in Garlinge and in Westgate’s Elm Grove, Lymington Road and Linksfield Road plus Birchington’s Albion Road, were among those damaged in the senseless spree at around 3am onwards.

Other reports have come in from across the isle, including St Peters and Ramsgate Road. Vehicles have been reported as damaged in a total of 16 roads

It is also reported that numerous cars were targeted at Tivoli Brooks in Margate over the weekend.

CCTV caught some of the incidents on film, showing two youths on a moped at the vandalism sites.

Kent Police have confirmed officers are investigating the incidents. In all of the reports, windows have been broken and in some incidents, items within the car have been moved or stolen.

Belongings reported stolen include satnavs, a bag containing a hooded top, keys and cash, dashboard cameras and a Bluetooth speaker.

Currently officers have received reports of damage and thefts from cars parked in:

Linksfield Road and Limington Road area of Westgate (46/174231/19)

Cambourne Avenue, Westgate on Sea (46/174266/19)

Minster Road, Westgate (46/174224/19)

Sea View Heights, Birchington (46/174285/19)

Epple Road, Birchington (46/174149/19)

Minnis Road, Birchington (46/174113/19)

Brooke Avenue in Garlinge (46/174144/19)

Alicia Avenue, Garlinge (46/174413/19)

Northdown Park Road, Margate (46/174096/19)

Kingston Avenue, Garlinge (46/174187/19)

Ramsgate Road, Margate ( 46/174237/19)

Madeira Road, Margate (10-0267)

Canterbury Road in Margate (46/174335/19)

St James’ Park Road, Margate (46/174367/19)

Beacon Road, Broadstairs (10-0136)

Victoria Ave, Broadstairs (46/174248/19)

Sergeant Steve Moat, from Thanet Community Safety Unit, said: “We would like to hear from anyone who thinks their vehicle has been damaged or stolen from, and ask that they report it via 101 or online, as it will help investigating officers to build up a picture of the areas affected and could provide further investigative opportunities to identify those responsible.

“While patrols will be out in the areas to prove reassurance and carry out enquiries, we also ask anyone who might have home CCTV footage in those streets to come forward and assist by calling 01843 222289 quoting the relevant crime reference number.

“Alternatively, you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously by calling 0800 555 111 or using the anonymous online form at

“Finally, we urge people to ensure they remove any valuable items from their vehicles, including dashboard cameras and satnav devices  – don’t give thieves the satisfaction of finding something to steal.”