YOBS WRECK 22 BRIT CLASSICS
Austins, Morrises and Triumph damaged by drug-smoking vandals – and they leave a £30k repair bill
A22-strong collection of classic British cars has been wrecked by cannabis smoking thugs. Austins, Morrises, a Singer, and a Triumph have been trashed by thugs after they broke into a set of units in Malvern, Worcestershire. Windows were broken, roofs were caved in, and wing mirrors smashed.
Collection co-owner Will Roberts discovered the trashed units, and estimates it will cost at least £30,000 to repair the damage.
He says: ‘To see our pride and joys pulled apart left me in huge shock. It didn’t compute. There were bags full of crisp wrappers, drink cans, and even a bong, so we’re pretty sure it was young people. Our collection seemed to be safe. How wrong we were.’
A22-strong collection of Austins, Morrises, a Singer, and a Triumph has been wrecked by drugsmoking thugs after they broke into a set of units, vandalising everything in sight and causing thousands of pounds-worth of damage.
Will Roberts, co-owner of the collection, was devastated whe he discovered the trashed units in Leigh Sinton, near Malvern, Worcestershire, on 31 October.
He says: ‘I came to the storage units to move some cars around and I discovered the initial damage. On further investigation, the damage became more sizeable. To see our pride and joys pulled apart left me in huge shock, it didn’t compute.
‘There were bags full of crisps wrappers, drinks cans, and even a bong, strewn around among the damaged cars, so we’re pretty sure it was young people.’
Will and a friend of his, who asked to remain anonymous, started the collection in 2002. It mainly comprises of rare and low mileage Austins. He says ‘ We had a quick add-up of car values, which came to about £70,000. In the collection is a super-rare A35 pickup and the oldest Austin AS3 left, as well as a Morris 1300 with only 15,000 miles from new. Now it has a dented roof and burns on the front seats, as well as broken interior handles.
‘ We have estimated about £30,000 worth of damage in total. Our collection has grown and changed in this time but seemed to be safe in these premises. How wrong we were.’
Paul Roberts, organisational communications assistant for Warwickshire and West Mercia Police says: ‘The incident is believed to have happened some time between midnight on Monday 24 October and 8.30am on Monday 31 October, when an unknown offender or offenders forced entry to a unit in the area. Investigations are ongoing.’
Former Metropolitan Police officer and the The International Association of Auto Theft Investigators’ communications director Ken German says: ‘The police are particularly worried about vandalism, and an upsurge in criminal damage and unruly behaviour from youngsters. Much of this seems co-ordinated, as seen on several incidents over Halloween.’
Wanting to move on from the ordeal, Will is asking readers for help in finding parts to replace those damaged. Mostly, he needs glass for his selection of Austins.
If you can help with the ongoing investigation call the police on 101 If you can help with parts sourcing, contact email@example.com
No classic was left untouched by vandals who broke into this storage unit near Malvern.