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Suspected hammer attack causes £25,000 damage to car dealer’s stock

A suspected hammer attack has caused an estimated £25,000 worth of damage to more than 30 vehicles on a used car retailer’s forecourt.

Windows and wing mirrors were smashed and bodywork damaged as 32 cars were vandalised on the forecourt of Babylon Motor Centre, near Yeovil, in the early hours of this morning (May 3).

Owner Mark Chalk told Somerset Live that the bill for replacement windscreens and windows alone was estimated at £15,000 to £18,000.

The used car business only opened its doors in December last year.

Dorset Police are now examining CCTV footage which showed a man at the forecourt in the early hours.

A statement issued by Dorset Police said: “Police received a report at 2.44am on Thursday, May 2, reporting suspicious activity at the Babylon Motor Centre at Babylon Hill.

“Officers attended and it was discovered that 32 vehicles parked on the forecourt have had their windows smashed, wing mirrors damage or damage to their bonnets.

“Enquiries are ongoing into the incident. No arrests have been made at this stage.”

Mr Chalk told Somerset Live: "We're insured but we are going to facing a 5-10 day slow down to business definitely.

"It certainly won't stop us offering a good service - it makes us more determined to be successful."

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