POLICE were called to the Baker’s Park area of Newton Abbot twice in as many hours yesterday to deal with a prison van’s tyre blow-out and a smash and grab from a car.
The last shout came in at 3pm after a van transporting three prisoners - one from Dartmoor and two from Channings Wood - caused congestion in Wolborough when it suffered a puncture.
Four patrol units rushed to the scene to secure the area and help keep traffic moving.
The matter was resolved when a replacement vehicle arrived to carry the trio of prisoners to Bristol.
A police spokesman said the replacement vehicle left the scene just after 4pm.
He said there were ‘no issues’ with the prisoners during the incident.
At 1pm, police attended nearby Bakers Park car park after a woman’s Superdry handbag, cash and iPad were snatched from her Volvo (pictured).
She returned from walking her dog to find a brick had been thrown through the driver’s window.
The victim said: ‘I was watched and targeted and, according to the police, it’s the second time in a week. This happened in such an open area in front of a row of houses.’
She added: ‘I am absolutely gutted, the suspect was seen by a walker going towards the Bradley Barton area at 1.30-45pm and a few of my belongings thrown out of my purse and cards left on someone’s doorstep in Manor Road.’
A police spokesman said officers were anxious to trace a man in red coat seen lurking around vehicles at the time of the offence.
They should contact police on 101, quoting crime CR/010767/17.