POLICE are investigating after cars were attacked and cash stolen at the weekend.

Residents of Tonge Moor and Back Tonge Moor Road, near Hall i’ th’ Wood railway station, awoke on Saturday to find cars with smashed windows and homes’ gates damaged.

Neighbours believe that the damage was caused by three vandals who used a hammer in the attacks. Cash was stolen from one car.

One resident said his home CCTV camera caught the group on their wrecking spree.

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Police said enquiries are continuing and that no arrests have been made.

A police spokesman said: “Police were called to reports of theft from a motor vehicle on Tonge Moor Road in the early hours of Saturday, 30 January.

“The offenders are believed to have stolen a quantity of cash after smashing the windows of the car.

“Two further reports of criminal damage of cars were also reported on the same street and are believed to have occurred at a similar time.

“All three incidents are believed to be linked.

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“No arrests have been made and enquiries are ongoing.”

Ward councillor and leader of the Bolton Labour group, Nick Peel, said this was an isolated incident and hopes this will be the last of it.

He said: “People who do this tend to live in the local area.

“I would urge neighbours and residents to remain vigilant and look out for each other during this time.

“Police are tied up doing all sorts of other stuff so residents can do as much as they can to keep an eye out for each other.

“This is definitely an isolated incident which makes it even more shocking and despicable when it happens.

“Hopefully it was just a one off and the people who know who did it, especially if they were just teenagers, will ensure this doesn’t happen again.”

“There are no excuses for this type of behaviour ever.”