Coventry & Warwickshire

Three businesses vandalised in Radford

At least three stores have been vandalised in Radford, Coventry.

Police were called to the PDSA charity shop and Texaco garage on Jubilee Crescent, and it is believed a betting shop was also targeted on Monday night.

Nothing was stolen but a car was smashed, windows broken and shop fittings damaged.

Central Six shopping centre was closed as a precaution after vandalism in Birmingham, but the Radford incidents are not believed to be related.

Hundreds of people attacked and looted shops on Monday night in Birmingham, Bristol, Liverpool and Nottingham in what police described as "copycat criminal activity" to the violence seen in London over the past three evenings.

A number of young men were questioned in the Central Six area, near the railway station.

A West Midlands Police spokesman said: "One man was arrested for possessing an offensive weapon."

It is not known yet if the precautionary blockade will be repeated on Tuesday evening.

Lisa Taylor, from the PDSA shop in Radford, said: "Nothing was stolen...the place is totally wrecked."

The Jubilee Crescent Texaco garage is open as usual and has no plans to alter its opening hours.

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