Tyres of 16 cars slashed in four night vandal spree

Tyres of 16 cars slashed in four night vandal spree

Tyres of 16 cars slashed in four night vandal spree

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VANDALS who have slashed the tyres of 16 cars in four days could be putting lives at risk, according to a top cop.

Culprits have targeted the vehicles parked in the New Town area of Colchester, including Cromwell Road, Portland Road and Shrubland Road, at night between Wednesday and Sunday.

Officers say it is possible motorists may not notice the damage and continue to drive at normal speeds unaware of the danger which could be caused by a flat tyre or sudden blowout.

Patrols have been increased to try and catch the perpetrators.

Seven vehicles were targeted on Thursday night, with the same number vandalised on Friday.

There were single incidents on Wednesday and Saturday.

In most cases the two offside tyres have been damaged, but some cars have had one or three tyres cut.

Insp Barry Atkinson said: "This crime spate has upset local residents and cost more than £2,500 for replacement tyres.

"But whoever is responsible is also putting lives at risk because if the damaged tyre is not noticed a driver could easily continue routine journeys and might lose control of the vehicle on a fast main road such as the A12.

"In some cases the tyres are completed deflated, others have cuts in the side. But if they are not spotted the consequences could be serious, if not fatal.

"This reckless crime must be stopped and we urge people to be on their guard and report any suspicious activity immediately on 999.

"We have increased patrols in the area and local officers are doing house-to-house enquiries.

"If anyone does have any information about the perpetrators, however insignificant it may seem, they should call officers at Colchester on 101 or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.”

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5:30pm Sun 24 Aug 14

SOMETHING2SAY says...

**** !
**** ! SOMETHING2SAY
  • Score: -6

8:50am Mon 25 Aug 14

Nom De Plume says...

The last time this happened in 2005 one of the neighbours a neurotic NHS member of staff living in the area, blamed all the other neighbours in Cromwell road and the Newtown Area for their own self attention and gratification. It then transpired and turned out to be the notorious Serial Car Scratcher, Paul Warboys, claiming he was drinking cleaning fluid and off his head, who had subsequently been banned from Colchester and Chelmsford town centre's. Here you have someone going around with a Stanley Knife doing TYRE D.I.Y. I am sorry to this but this is karma to all the lies that occurred during the last incidents. I feel sorry for the Police, they caught the b***er last time by sitting in a camper surveillance van. On this occasion we have another situation where badly needed resources are very much required elsewhere. My advice to those that don't want to go through this, is buy a monthly ticket at the N.C.P. St Johns St and leave your cars there. Thats what I did !
The last time this happened in 2005 one of the neighbours a neurotic NHS member of staff living in the area, blamed all the other neighbours in Cromwell road and the Newtown Area for their own self attention and gratification. It then transpired and turned out to be the notorious Serial Car Scratcher, Paul Warboys, claiming he was drinking cleaning fluid and off his head, who had subsequently been banned from Colchester and Chelmsford town centre's. Here you have someone going around with a Stanley Knife doing TYRE D.I.Y. I am sorry to this but this is karma to all the lies that occurred during the last incidents. I feel sorry for the Police, they caught the b***er last time by sitting in a camper surveillance van. On this occasion we have another situation where badly needed resources are very much required elsewhere. My advice to those that don't want to go through this, is buy a monthly ticket at the N.C.P. St Johns St and leave your cars there. Thats what I did ! Nom De Plume
  • Score: 8

6:13pm Mon 25 Aug 14

Lord Newbold says...

Nom De Plume,
I agree with all what you have stated.

However, on the previous occasion of this senseless vandalism the punishment was not severe enough to deter others from carrying out similar unwarranted attacks to other people’s property.

It is the very same scenario about the death penalty Hanging only stopped the one who was hung from repeating his/her offence again had they been guilty in the first place.

Punishment should revert to the old Newgate Prison day’s style of punishment.

I have heard it said treat prisoners as people are treated in care homes, and treat care home residents like prisoners. Moreover, we would have a much better justice system.
Nom De Plume, I agree with all what you have stated. However, on the previous occasion of this senseless vandalism the punishment was not severe enough to deter others from carrying out similar unwarranted attacks to other people’s property. It is the very same scenario about the death penalty Hanging only stopped the one who was hung from repeating his/her offence again had they been guilty in the first place. Punishment should revert to the old Newgate Prison day’s style of punishment. I have heard it said treat prisoners as people are treated in care homes, and treat care home residents like prisoners. Moreover, we would have a much better justice system. Lord Newbold
  • Score: 0

4:26pm Wed 27 Aug 14

Con Spirito says...

Cromwell Road, Portland Road and Shrubland Road, along with Fairfax and Lucas are absolutely no where near NewTown. Why do people automatically think that any Victorian development in the vicinity of the town area is a part of NewTown? If there are no signs informing you are entering NewTown , then you clearly aren't in NewTown.
The report should have referred to the area as South Town which it rightly is. Even the residents of The Artillery Fields (Canon St et al) claim that they reside in NewTown.
Cromwell Road, Portland Road and Shrubland Road, along with Fairfax and Lucas are absolutely no where near NewTown. Why do people automatically think that any Victorian development in the vicinity of the town area is a part of NewTown? If there are no signs informing you are entering NewTown , then you clearly aren't in NewTown. The report should have referred to the area as South Town which it rightly is. Even the residents of The Artillery Fields (Canon St et al) claim that they reside in NewTown. Con Spirito
  • Score: 1

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