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Tyre-slashing vandals ruin dozens of cars in Harold Hill

PUBLISHED: 07:00 31 March 2017

One the deflated tyres on Andy's car.

One the deflated tyres on Andy's car.

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A gang of vandals has been slashing car tyres along whole streets, leaving hard working families with bills into the thousands.

The recurring attacks have been happening in neighbouring streets in Harold Hill, where a number of vehicles have been keyed, had paint thrown over them and had their tyres cut.

On Monday residents of Dartfields, Dewsbury Road and Dulverton Road woke to discover more than 30 cars and vans had been targeted. One resident, who did not want to be named, said: “All four tyres were slashed on our family car.

“I noticed that the neighbours’ cars had all been slashed. I walked 100ft up the road and every single car has had their tyres slashed.”

Andy, 46, of Chatteris Avenue, has been targeted by the gang twice.

“This started happening five weeks ago,” the father-of-four told the Recorder.

“They keyed my car last Thursday and the tyres were slashed last Tuesday.

“I’ve had five tyres done and I’ve had my windscreen smashed and £1,000 of paintwork to be done. They’ve actually gone to town on my car.

“We all go to work, work hard for our money, we buy nice cars with our money and they go and ruin them.”

Andy says “no one is doing anything”.

Many of the residents, including Eden Bishop-Jones, of Dunstable Road, have reported seeing groups of around 20 to 30 teenagers hanging around the streets when the incidents have happened.

“It happened around 9.20pm on Monday,” said Eden. “I saw group of kids slashing the tyres on three different vehicles outside my house.

“When I went to work the next morning, I saw another four vehicles up the other end of the road with the same thing. ”

Beyond the immediate problem of the damage caused some residents are concerned that there could soon be an accident if someone were to drive their vehicle unaware their tyres have been slashed.

Darren Fletcher said: “A tyre will blow out and it will cause an accident, it will take that until they start to think about their actions.”

Havering Police have been contacted for comment.

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