POLICE have increased patrols in North Oxford after eight vehicles had their windscreens smashed over the weekend.

The first five attacks happened in Observatory Street, Bevington Road and St Bernard’s Road overnight on Saturday.

On the following night, a further three car windscreens were smashed, in Bevington Road and in Crick Road.

Oxford City Council member Alan Armitage, who represents the North ward, said: “If this is just gratuitous vandalism it reflects very badly on our society.

“It goes to show that even the quietest and most well-ordered parts of Oxford are subject to these sorts of crimes, so everyone needs to keep an eye out and help the police if they possibly can.

“I know that the police are doing everything they can to stop such crimes.”

A police spokesman said: “Thames Valley Police has increased patrols in the area and will continue to patrol in marked and unmarked cars.”

Anyone with information should contact police on 101 or anonymously via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.