A CHRISTMAS shopping trip turned into an afternoon of upset for a family when their new Motability car was vandalised.
The Port family from Havant was only given the car weeks before for their son Daniel, who has to use a wheelchair.
Jo Port had taken 20-year-old son Daniel, who is autistic with severe learning difficulties, and his sister Kendal Schneider, 25, out on a Christmas shopping trip.
After returning to their new Peugeot 4x4, which was parked in Crasswell Street, it was only when she went to get in the car that she noticed two people’s names carved into the paintwork.
‘I don’t know whether I was upset or angry the most,’ said Jo.
‘It was supposed to be a nice day out. It’s unbelievable someone would do that. First of all you are angry and then you think: “Why us?”.’
Both the front and back door of the driver’s side have been scored, with the name ‘Sarah’ and a heart identifiable. A second person’s name beginning with ‘J’ was also scratched into the white paintwork.
Jo and her children dropped into the city centre police station, but were later told there was not enough evidence to take the case forward.
Her husband Trevor says he does not know why anyone would do such a thing to a stranger’s vehicle.
‘We have just got that car for Daniel,’ he said. ‘We got it on the Motability scheme but we have to pay £75 to get it sorted out because Motability said it is just cosmetic – as if we want to go around with someone’s name scrawled on it.
‘What we would like is for them to know who they have done this to and feel really, really guilty.’
A Hampshire Constabulary spokesman said: ‘We received a report on Wednesday of criminal damage to a vehicle parked in Crasswell Street car park.
‘The information provided was reviewed promptly. This included an assessment of possible forensic leads.
‘There was insufficient evidence to continue an investigation.
‘Anyone with information or witnesses who noticed people acting suspiciously near vehicles in Crasswell Street between 9.30am and 1.30pm can contact police by phoning 101.
‘Information can be given anonymously by phoning Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.’