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    The missus and I got to the factory a few nights back, and realised one of our cars had been severely scraped/brushed down one side. Checked the CCTV and sure enough some cretin can be seen reversing into our Toyota Verso.

    All this happened on Friday (April 8th @ 1520) but we didn't find out until late on Saturday night.

    The fella didn't bother leaving any details. So I waited until this Monday (11th April) in the vain hope that he might return to give details, as he seemed to have contact with a neighbouring business unit. In the event I went to the unit and the owner confirmed that he knew a driver & car ‘fitting the description’ so I left my contact details.

    I've filled out an online 'Road Traffic Collision/Accident' form 206 and will hand it into a local police station pronto.

    The CCTV clearly shows the incident, but what I can’t glean from the images is a clean number plate number, I can just about make out the last two letters and then maybe the year, the colour and make of car are clear enough.

    Can/will the police run a trace based on the make model & partial plate number?

    I think I’ve done all I can for now, but is there anything more I should be doing?

    I’ll post some pictures of the damage later. I wont post the CCTV images just yet until the police have seen them.

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    You have done a fair amount and with the evidence you have probably as much as possible, the Police ought to interview the neighbour and gain some insight into the suspect vehicle then pay a visit "to eliminate or include this person" from enquiries.

    I feel for you it is my own worst nightmare!

    Good luck in resolving things

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    My wife's car got shunted by a neighbours visitors the week before she was trading it in, sounds like you've done all you can, good luck getting it sorted.

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    I know someone who was a victim of road rage. The car was a black BMW estate and he had the last 3 digits of the plate and they used the computer to find 3 registered within a few miles of the incident and surely enough first one they visited it was him - so yes they can based on a partial plate, but if you can find the car again i'd take lots of high quality photographs - your insurance company can then pass on to a forensic engineer and they can confirm whether their car is responsible for your damage.

    If you can, use a tape measure to show the exact height of any scratching etc.

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    Whack the CCTV pics over if no luck and I'll test the eye sight. I feel for you mate...would hate that to happen. Same sort of thing happened to my friend when he went to the supermarket once and no-one saw it happen!

    He has a Mazda 5 and they had the rear bumper lying on the floor! Not good

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    the police can get a lot from a not very clear cctv pic with all their technology i imagine

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    Yes. They can run a partial index. Whether they will or not for a damage only collision that may or may not have occurred on a public road, is another matter!

    If I assume it's on a road, he is only guilty of failing to stop/exchange details or report within 24hrs. It's gutting - but likely to not be serious enough for the techno boffins to forensically examine a video.

    However, the burden of proof is different for a civil claim. Let's assume, the other car is privately owned, driven by registered keeper and insured. Take photos of suspect car. the insurers can then claim. Photo the front of suspects car, the position of the tax disk, stickers and anything else unique will help prove 'on the balance of probability' this car and the car in the video are the same.

    Good luck with it... you may also want to think about upgrading your cctv, if it cant capture a number plate?

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    Yes. They can run a partial index. Whether they will or not for a damage only collision that may or may not have occurred on a public road, is another matter!

    If I assume it's on a road, he is only guilty of failing to stop/exchange details or report within 24hrs. It's gutting - but likely to not be serious enough for the techno boffins to forensically examine a video.

    However, the burden of proof is different for a civil claim. Let's assume, the other car is privately owned, driven by registered keeper and insured. Take photos of suspect car. the insurers can then claim. Photo the front of suspects car, the position of the tax disk, stickers and anything else unique will help prove 'on the balance of probability' this car and the car in the video are the same.

    Good luck with it... you may also want to think about upgrading your cctv, if it cant capture a number plate?

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    They will say private property not in their remit to do anything ;-)

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    Insurance wise it is no different though so pass to solicitors or your own insurer with the photos mentioned

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