POLICE in Helensburgh say they are implementing round the clock plain clothes patrols in a bid to identify those responsible for an increase in car vandalisms in recent weeks.

A number of vehicles have been targeted in the town centre, including a Volvo which was damaged and had a wing mirror broken in the Co-op car park on East King Street on Tuesday, July 23.

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On that occasion, officers identified a 15-year-old boy from James Street as allegedly being responsible.

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The teenager was arrested and charged at Clydebank police station and officers are now conducting fingerprint and DNA comparisons from evidence taken from other similar offences before making further enquiries with him.

Area Inspector Roddy MacNeill said the plain clothes patrols will be maintained for the foreseeable future.