Car used to keep kids safe has tyres slashed

‘MIND­LESS’ AT­TACK COMES AS OF­FI­CERS VISIT SCHOOL TO EN­SURE THAT THERE IS NO DAN­GER­OUS PARK­ING

Nottingham Post - - NEWS - By HAN­NAH MITCHELL han­nah.mitchell@reach­plc.com @Hana­mitchell

ALL four tyres on a coun­cil pa­trol car were slashed in a “mind­less” act of van­dal­ism – while of­fi­cials were in­side a school, try­ing to help keep chil­dren safe.

The car, used by com­mu­nity pro­tec­tion of­fi­cers, was parked out­side Haydn Pri­mary School, in Sher­wood, at 9.35am on Thurs­day.

The of­fi­cers re­turned from teach­ing par­ents about park­ing safely dur­ing school pick-up and drop-off times to find their car tyres had been slashed.

Not­ting­hamshire Po­lice are in­ves­ti­gat­ing the in­ci­dent which hap­pened on Haydn Road.

Nottingham City Coun­cil’s port­fo­lio holder for com­mu­nity pro­tec­tion, Coun­cil­lor Toby Neal, said: “Our civil en­force­ment of­fi­cers go out ev­ery week­day to visit schools to speak to par­ents about park­ing safely and ap­pro­pri­ately, and where nec­es­sary, en­forc­ing against park­ing which can put chil­dren’s lives at risk.

“This is what they were do­ing at Haydn Pri­mary School on Thurs­day morn­ing when some mind­less in­di­vid­ual de­cided to slash all four tyres on their ve­hi­cle.

“It’s shock­ing that some­one would do this and leave our team un­able to con­tinue their work to keep lo­cal chil­dren safe.

“It’s been re­ported to Not­ting­hamshire Po­lice and if any­one knows any­thing about this in­ci­dent I would urge them to contact the po­lice so ac­tion can be taken.” In­spec­tor Chris­tine Busut­til, neigh­bour­hood polic­ing in­spec­tor for Sher­wood at Not­ting­hamshire Po­lice, said: “This is a case of mind­less van­dal­ism against a coun­cil-owned ve­hi­cle which was in the area to help en­sure the safety of pupils of the nearby pri­mary school, their fam­i­lies and the wider com­mu­nity dur­ing what is ob­vi­ously a very busy time of the day. “This is a crime against the whole com­mu­nity, as it is they - the very peo­ple the ve­hi­cle and coun­cil staff are there to pro­tect who will in­evitably have to pay to re­pair the dam­age, which is likely to run into hun­dreds of pounds.

“I would urge any­one with any in­for­ma­tion about who’s re­spon­si­ble for this crime to call Not­ting­hamshire Po­lice on 101 to re­port this, quot­ing in­ci­dent num­ber 239 of 11 Oc­to­ber when they call.”

This is a case of mind­less van­dal­ism against a coun­cilowned ve­hi­cle.

In­spec­tor Chris­tine Busut­til

The com­mu­nity pro­tec­tion car that had its tyres slashed out­side Haydn Pri­mary School, Sher­wood

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