Windows smashed in attack

POLICE arrived to a scene of devastation after a home in Manstone Avenue had 10 windows smashed in a late night attack.

POLICE arrived to a scene of devastation after a home in Manstone Avenue had 10 windows smashed in a late night attack.Officers were called at 11.40pm on Tuesday, February 19, after neighbours reported the house was being attacked by men wielding wooden bats. When officers arrived, the alleged suspects had fled and no weapons were found.Later, a 17-year-old youth from Exmouth, a 32-year-old man from Sidmouth and a 19-year-old man from Torquay were arrested. They were taken to custody at Heavitree Road Police Station, Exeter.An 18-year-old man was taken to the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital, Wonford, with non-life- threatening head injuries. He was arrested on his release.All face affray charges and were bailed to appear in court on March 11.A Manstone Avenue resident said the fracas had scared his young child. He added: "It used to be a nice area here but now we do not know what to expect next."We are always having problems here and we are just fed up with it."According to residents, police took 45 minutes to arrive.A Sidmouth police spokesman said: "Unfortunately, officers from Sidmouth were deployed elsewhere at the time."This and the allegation of weapons being involved meant officers had to come from other areas to assist, he added.


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