A SPATE of tyre slashings and criminal damage to cars has angered Gosport motorists.
Police believe more than 26 cars have been had their tyres slashed or punctured, and at least four have been keyed or scratched since January 10. One victim, Debra Burt, 25, said her family car was attacked overnight when it was parked on the drive outside her house in Beryton Road.
It’s really disgraceful. All these people down here work really hard and there’s no need for it.Paula McAuley
She said the damage was frustrating and annoying.
She said: ‘We had one tyre slashed. My other half left for work and then drove away before realising it, so he had to leave the car by the side of the road and get the bus.’
Ms Burt added: ‘We’ve got three kids and at this time of year you don’t have the money.
‘Some people just need to grow up.’
The attacks have happened overnight in Forton and Elson wards in roads including Beryton Road, Graham Road and Avery Lane.
Police have arrested a 48-year-old Gosport man in connection with the attacks. He has been released on bail without charge until May 18.
Elson ward councillor Susan Ballard said two tyres on a car owned by her son, George Ballard, were slashed one night when it was parked in Torquay Avenue.
Cllr Ballard said she had been worried about her own car being attacked.
She said: ‘I’m well aware of the impact that this vandalism can cause, which has caused a great deal of worry for many local residents.’
Graham Road resident Paula McAuley, 45, said several of her neighbours’ cars were attacked.
She said: ‘It’s really disgraceful. All these people down here work really hard and there’s no need for it.’
Beryton Road resident David Bale, 67, said: ‘I don’t drive myself. It’s a concern that vandals are in the area. It’s normally very quiet.’
Another victim, who did not want to be named, said: ‘It’s frustrating. People don’t have the money. It’s just the way society is today.’
A police spokesman said anyone who knows anything or whose car has been attacked should call 101 quoting 44160043236.
He said: ‘We are keen to hear from anyone who hasn’t reported an instance of this. If they let us know we can get a complete picture of what is happening in the area.’