Outrage over tyre-slashingBy Becky Barnes
April 19, 2012
Vandals who went on a tyre-slashing spree in a road in Great Hollands have left residents facing bills of hundreds of pounds.
One victim from Van Dyke, who asked not to be named, was furious after two tyres on her Vauxhall Corsa were slashed, which meant she could not get to work.
Police have revealed that 11 parked cars were targeted and, in total, 16 tyres were slashed in the attacks between Saturday night and early Sunday morning.
But residents say this is not the first incident of vandalism in the street, including damage to homes.
The woman, who asked not to be named, said: “They want their hands chopped off.
“I found my car with two tyres slashed on Sunday morning at about 11.30am.
“You only had to walk down the road to see how many were affected. I couldn’t go to work today (Monday) when I should have been in.
“Everyone is really angry. I’d make them pay for the damage. It costs £150 for two new tyres and then the price of a call-out because you can’t drive. We’ve had problems here for about two weeks.”
Another mum living in the road added: “The night the tyres were slashed we had someone banging on my 12-year-old son’s window after midnight so I had to ring my partner.
“I was in bed myself and I thought his window had been bricked and I shot up.
“I was really worried as I am pregnant and have two kids with me.”
And another mum said although her car was not targeted, vandals had attacked her house the weekend before. She said: “Someone ripped down my Sky lead. This has been going on since the school holidays.
“I’ve heard fireworks being let off in the alley nearby and the other day I found some used ones in my back garden.”
A mum of three, who asked not be named, said: “I think it’s a bit scary this has happened. Our car was in the garage fortunately. But it’s the fact there was someone carrying an implement they could use to slash tyres. What else could they use it for?”
Police are appealing for witnesses after the incidents.
PC Richard Probert, from Bracknell police station, said: “We are searching for any witnesses in the area who may have seen, heard or otherwise witnessed any suspicious people or groups around the area.
“I urge anyone who noticed any suspicious activity at the time to contact police.” No arrests have been made.
- Anyone with information can call police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.