Yobs’ late-night rampage in Southsea wrecks five cars

One of the vandalised cars in Avenue de Caen, Southsea     Picture: Bronte Shothard.
One of the vandalised cars in Avenue de Caen, Southsea Picture: Bronte Shothard.
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THUGS have smashed up cars in a mindless rampage which left one vehicle so badly damaged it looked a ‘monster truck had obliterated it’.

Yobs trashed five cars in Avenue de Caen, Southsea, in an overnight spree.

A car damaged in the attack by vandals

A car damaged in the attack by vandals

They smashed windows, dented bodywork and ransacked some of the vehicles before fleeing, causing thousands of pounds of damage.

It’s the latest incident to have taken place in the city, which has left residents worried and demanding action.

Bronte Stothard, 23, of Southsea, was one of the victims of the attack, which caused hundreds of pounds of damage to her blue Fiat 500.

She said she was horrified when she discovered the damage.

This car had its window smashed

This car had its window smashed

‘I couldn’t believe it,’ she said. ‘One of the cars looked like it had been in a monster truck show. It had been completely obliterated.

‘It just seemed too violent and over the top. It was mindless. They had smashed my driver’s side window, yanked the passenger seat forward until it came off its runners

‘They damaged the bottom of the chassis of the car and took a screwdriver or something to the windscreen.’

Ms Stothard said this hadn’t been the first time the area was hit and she called for more funding for the police.

Damage to a car's chassis

Damage to a car's chassis

Councillor Linda Symes represents the ward on Portsmouth City Council.

The culture and leisure chief said she was sickened by the latest attack.

But she was quick to subdue fears that this was an issue that was escalating within the city.

Cllr Symes said: ‘This is just senseless. It’s just mindless crime that spoils people’s weekends and Christmas.’

Another of the damaged cars

Another of the damaged cars

She felt additional cash being pumped from Whitehall into recruiting more police would have no impact on cutting crime like this.

‘Twenty or 30 years ago I was coming out of a night club and somebody had gone and jumped on the roof of every car,’ she said. ‘This is something that has always happened.

‘You always seem to get a spike of behaviour like this at this time of year.’

Police are investigating the crime, which took place between Monday and Tuesday.

A spokeswoman for Hampshire Constabulary said items had been taken from three vehicles.

She said: ‘A dashcam was stolen from a Renault Scenic, a sat-nav was stolen from a Nissan Pixo and a sat-nav was stolen from a Fiat 500.

Another of the cars damaged by vandals

Another of the cars damaged by vandals

‘Investigations are ongoing. Anyone with information is asked to contact us on 101.’