Elderly Southsea couple in CCTV appeal to catch suspect

SUSPECT CCTV of a man wanted for questioning over damage to a car wing mirror
SUSPECT CCTV of a man wanted for questioning over damage to a car wing mirror
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AN ELDERLY disabled couple want help tracing a man caught on CCTV outside their home following a string of criminal damage incidents.

Thelma and Ken Bower installed the camera equipment after being repeatedly targeted.

The couple have had the wing mirror smashed off their Daewoo car twice and been woken up by their front doorbell being rung late at night.

Mrs Bower, 81, and husband Ken, 84, paid hundreds of pounds to get the cameras installed at their Southsea home – and now they hope this image will help snare the culprit.

Mr Bower said: ‘One of my sons suggested that I put cameras up which I did.

‘It’s a little bit more protection. Then the wing mirror on our car got broken again. But he was caught on camera.

‘He’s standing at the gate for quite a long time watching the traffic and seeing if anyone’s going by, then he saunters across and smashes the wing mirror.

‘Seeing as the car’s parked in a disabled bay makes it even worse.’

The most recent incident took place between midnight and 5am on July 8 when the couple’s car was targeted.

But they have been subjected to other incidents as well.

Mr Bower added: ‘It started just before Christmas.

‘In the beginning my wing mirror was broken while it was parked out the front of the house.

‘Then our bell kept going off in the middle of the night.

‘Once it was at 1am. It was waking us up at night.

‘I looked out and I could see a man.

‘It was worrying. I thought it was one of my children in trouble.

‘It’s as if he’s got a vendetta. I want him caught.’

Anyone with information is asked to contact Portsmouth police on 101.

Alternatively call the Crimestoppers charity on 0800 555111 where information can be left anonymously.