Car tyres slashed in five streets as vandals go on the rampage

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DAMAGE Adam Miller's vehicle was among those targeted by the vandals, above Pictures: Ian Hargreaves (104226-3)

UPSET Residents affected by the vandalism, left. From the left are Kevin Bryant, Adam Miller, Ronald Fletcher, Stella Fletcher, Ian Barney, Bob Craddock and Sue Arnell (104226-4)

Car tyres slashed in five streets as vandals go on the rampage

It's just destruction for the sake of it - they have no respect for other people

Ronald Fletcher

HUNDREDS of pounds worth of damage was caused by thugs who slashed car tyres in five roads.

Dozens of vehicles were vandalised during a midnight crime spree by two young vandals in Shawford Grove, Leigh Park, and the surrounding streets.

Many residents woke to discover their tyres had been deliberately punctured with a sharp object, with some forced to pay for taxis or face missing hospital appointments.

Shawford Grove resident, William Martin, 46, said he finished watching the test match at 1am on Wednesday morning, when he spotted two teenagers outside his house.

'I came out and shouted at them but they ran off,' he said.

'Then I saw both my cars had been attacked.'

Adam Miller, 34, lives in Shawford Grove and had the rear tyre of the van he uses for work slashed.

He said: 'I've lived here 13 years and never seen anything like this before. It's disgusting, I don't know why anyone would do something so mindless.' Stella and Ronald Fletcher had two tyres of their slashed.

They said they couldn't believe anyone could commit such a mindless act of vandalism. ‘It's just destruction for the sake of it,' said 82-year-old Ronald.

‘I was amazed to see almost every car on both sides of the road had been attacked - they have no respect for other people's property.

‘I just hope they catch the people responsible and show them you can't just go around doing things like this with no consequences.'

His wife Stella, 74, added: ‘I couldn't sleep last night worrying about it, I'm just scared they'll come back again.'

Hampshire Police said they have received six confirmed reports of slashed tyres, but many residents admitted they hadn't reported the damage.

Investigating officers also told victims that the real figure could be anywhere between 50 and 100 vehicles.

Sue Arnell, 29, had two tyres slashed on her Vauxhall Zafira people carrier in Quarely Road, and said it couldn't have happened at a worse time.

‘It has put everything on hold,' she said.

‘I'm having to rely on other people to ferry me and my daughter around, and it's just so frustrating.

‘I can't even jack it up to change the tyre so I'm having to wait for someone to come out.

‘At Christmas this is just what you don't need.'

Other roads targeted by the vandals include Ramsdale Avenue, Whaddon Court and Popham Court.

Police are currently holding an 18-year-old and a 19-year-old from Havant in custody in connection with the crime spree.

Anyone with any information should call police on 101, or 0845 045 45 45.

Residents told that up to 100 cars could have been vandalised

by JOE NIMMO

The News

joe.nimmo@thenews.co.uk

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