Dad’s fury as disabled girl’s bus is wrecked

NOT HAPPY Alan Brindle and his daughter Donna. Their adapted minibus has been targeted by vandals
NOT HAPPY Alan Brindle and his daughter Donna. Their adapted minibus has been targeted by vandals
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A FATHER has spoken of his anger after vandals hit the minibus he uses as transport for his disabled daughter.

Alan Brindle is furious after yobs smashed the windows on the 10-seater vehicle and tried to hotwire it as it was parked outside the family home in Brookers Lane, Gosport.

The 49-year-old had bought the minibus less than four months ago to replace a VW Caravelle the family owned which was burned-out in an arson attack outside the property in October.

Now Mr Brindle has no way of transporting his five children, including 10-year-old daughter Donna who has learning difficulties and uses a wheelchair.

He said: ‘We used it to take the kids to school and go out and about.

‘It was good because we could get Donna’s wheelchair in it. It was parked outside the front of the house.

‘Someone knocked on the door and told us our windows were broken about 7.30am on Tuesday.

‘Our neighbour told us his dogs went mad about 2.30am that morning, but we didn’t hear anything.

‘The wiring was hanging down from the steering wheel cowling where they have tried to hotwire it and there was glass all over the road as well.

‘It looked like they had put through the driver’s side rear window with such force that it went straight through the other side.

‘There were stones inside as well. I can’t believe it.

‘It’s not the first time it’s happened either. We had a VW that was burnt out at the back of the house last year as well.’

Mr Brindle has been told the family may have to struggle on without transport for up to two weeks while the minibus is repaired.

Now police are appealing for anyone who has information to come forward.

A Hampshire Constabulary spokesman said: ‘Police are investigating and would like to hear from anyone who witnessed the crime, or has information about the persons responsible for this act.’

Anyone with information about the vandalism is asked to call police on 101 or 0845 0454545 quoting reference 44110045357 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.