Motorists counting the cost after cars damaged by vandal in Portsmouth

ANGRY Grant Chase with his damaged Renault Laguna
ANGRY Grant Chase with his damaged Renault Laguna
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ANGRY drivers have spoken of the disruption caused after a vandal slashed the tyres of dozens of cars.

Motorists in Buckland woke up at the weekend to find more than 50 cars had been vandalised overnight.

The cars, parked in Watts Road, Turner Road, and Wingfield Street, had their tyres slashed between midnight and 7am on Saturday.

Many of those affected have been forced to pay out for new tyres, or make claims on their insurance.

Carlos Cruz, 56, of Watts Road, said: ‘My daughter Ana’s car was one of those damaged and it is awful.

‘She is a waitress and it has caused her problems getting to work.

‘The tyres weren’t very old and now it will cost money to get new ones.

‘We couldn’t believe it when we saw what had happened.’

Officers from Hampshire Constabulary were visiting drivers affected by the damage yesterday and taking statements.

Grant Chase, 38, of Watts Road, said: ‘I’m going to have to write off my car now because I can’t afford to put all new tyres on it.

‘The engine was already a bit dodgy so this is just the final nail in the coffin, but it’s a massive inconvenience and I do rely on my car quite a bit.’

Sue Hefford, 54, of Watts Road, said she fears car insurance rates for people living in the area will shoot up as a result of the vandalism.

‘Lots of people are going to have to claim on their insurance,’ she said.

‘So that’s probably going to have an effect on how much everybody has to pay.’

Anyone with information, or who wishes to report damage to their car, should call Hampshire Constabulary on 101.

Information can also be given anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.