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Habib Ullah inquest: Reward offered after 150 cars vandalised

window smashed in High Wycombe
Image caption Thames Valley Police responded with mounted patrols and urged witnesses to come forward

A £1,000 reward has been offered after more than 150 cars were vandalised in High Wycombe in a crime spree linked to an inquest verdict.

The damage has been linked to a verdict of misadventure in the inquest of Habib Ullah who collapsed during a police stop and search in the town in 2008.

Car windows have been smashed and "NJNP" - thought to stand for No Justice No Peace - painted on vehicles.

Eight people have been arrested and bailed in relation to the damage.

Crimestoppers has offered a reward for any information it receives leading to the charge of the offenders.

The latest arrests were on Saturday when a 16-year-old boy and 20-year-old man, both from High Wycombe, were detained after nine vehicles were damaged in Dashwood Avenue at about 17:40 GMT. Both have been bailed.

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Image caption Supporters of Habib Ullah have held more than a dozen vigils calling for justice

Officers are also looking for two Asian boys, aged 14 to 16 years-old, slim and about 5ft 3ins to 5ft 5ins tall after six vehicles were damaged in Pettifer Way at about 18:00 GMT on Monday.

Police and Crime Commissioner Anthony Stansfeld said the criminal damage was proving "difficult to stop".

Mr Ullah, 39, known as Paps, of Slough, Berkshire, collapsed during a routine stop and search in a car park.

A post-mortem examination found packets of cocaine in his colon and lodged in his throat.

Soon after the 2 March inquest verdict, Thames Valley Police said a misconduct hearing would be held.

When the vandalism first broke out the Justice 4 Paps campaign said the group "condemn these acts completely".

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