Couple fed up with Gosport vandals plead for help stopping them

MISERY Patricia Garvin and her husband James with the damage caused by vandals to their cars in Gosport. Picture: Ian Hargreaves  (122576-1)
MISERY Patricia Garvin and her husband James with the damage caused by vandals to their cars in Gosport. Picture: Ian Hargreaves (122576-1)
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MOTORISTS are pleading for help after vandals have made their lives a misery by constantly wrecking their cars.

Patricia Garvin and her husband James say they are suffering at the hands of yobs who keep vandalising their vehicles.

MISERY Patricia Garvin and her husband James with the damage caused by vandals to their cars in Gosport. Picture: Ian Hargreaves  (122576-6)

MISERY Patricia Garvin and her husband James with the damage caused by vandals to their cars in Gosport. Picture: Ian Hargreaves (122576-6)

The pair, who live on the A32 Fareham Road, have two cars and a caravan which are frequently targeted by vandals.

They have invested hundreds of pounds in alarms and security cameras but nothing seems to deter the criminals.

Now they are appealing for their neighbours to keep an eye out for any suspicious activity in the area.

Police say they have been carrying out extra patrols in the area and will try to help the Garvins.

Mrs Garvin, 41, said: ‘To start with I was angry about it but now it just gets us down.

‘People say why don’t we move house or get different cars but we have worked hard to get the things we have.

‘Why should we have to get rid of them?

‘We feel very let down and just want it to stop.’

The couple say they have spent thousands of pounds fixing their cars.

Over the years their cars have been badly dented, walked on, scratched and crumpled by vandals.

They have to park on the road as it is too unsafe to park on their driveway on the A32.

A spokesman for Hampshire Constabulary said: ‘Protecting repeat victims of anti-social behaviour is one of Hampshire Constabulary’s priorities.

‘We strive to maintain an active presence in every neighbourhood so officers are working responsively to the needs of the people we serve.

‘Extra patrols have been carried out in and around Fareham Road at times when damage and disturbances have been highlighted.

‘We will continue to meet and work with the Garvin family to offer support, crime prevention advice, and keep them informed about our operations to deter offenders.’

People are being reminded to report any incidents of anti-social behaviour to police by calling 101.