AROUND 20-30 vehicles are feared to have been damaged after joyriders reportedly went on a “rampage” in Presteigne.

Witnesses reported that a car was stolen and then crashed in the Townend area of town, with several alleged perpetrators seen running from the scene wearing masks.

Several Presteigne residents reported that their cars had been damaged or broken into during the incident, which was first reported as happening late at night on Sunday, July 16, and carried on into the early hours of Monday morning.

The County Times has approached Dyfed-Powys Police for comment.

Residents reported hearing “revving and speeding”, while one witness was alerted to his car alarm going off. He said when he went outside he discovered that three of his vehicle’s windows had been smashed.


Others complained of finding their tyres slashed tyres or wing mirrors broken. It is alleged one car was stolen and that the car then crashed into others before hitting a grit bin in the Townend area, with three occupants then allegedly witnessed fleeing the scene.

“It was around 11.40pm on Sunday when I heard some noise, it sounded like a car alarm coming from the other end of the estate,” said one witness.

“Throughout the night there was lots of noise and lots of other people complained about slashed tyres, windows smashed or wing mirrors broken. Someone even had their car stolen and that was then crashed into others.

“Someone has been going on a spree and 20-30 people had their cars affected."

Presteigne county councillor Beverley Baynham also said that those responsible had allegedly smashed a window at the town's day centre building too. The centre is a registered charity that will now likely face a large bill to repair a large window.