YOBS GO ON TYRE SLASHING SPREE
VANDALS’ TYRE-SLASHING SPREE
Vandals caused thousands of pounds of damage to cars when they went on a tyreslashing spree in Sunderland.
Numerous householders in the Pallion area of the city have been left footing the bill following the rampage.
Residents woke up yesterday to find their cars had been attacked late on Monday night and into the early hours of Tuesday morning.
Police were carrying out door-to-door inquiries in the area, with cars in up to eight different streets hit.
The attacks took place in streets including Anfield Street, Pallion Park, Enfield Street, Orchard Street, Oxford Street and Exeter Street.
Anand Munisamy, 36, was left counting the cost after yobs slashed all four of the tyres on his car in Pallion Park.
The Barclays Bank worker said he had lived in the area for five years and never had any trouble like this before.
He said: “I’ve only had the car two months, it is going to cost about £250 to replace all the tyres. It is really upsetting that this sort of thing can happen.”
Anand’s neighbour Tracey Vickery, 38, said her daughter told her the car alarm was going off at about 11.45pm and she could hear voices outside.
The hospital worker said: “I looked out of the window, but couldn’t see anyone and the car looked OK.
“It wasn’t until we came down this morning and realised two of the tyres had been slashed.”
“I am so angry about it, because you work really hard for what you have got and then some people think it is just fun and games going around slashing people’s tyres. They have even been on to people’s drives to slash the tyres.”
Tracey, said one of her neighbours saw two people in the street with a knife around the same time.
Her mum-in-law, Joy Vickery, said: “I am pleased no one went out to confront them, because anything could have happened. You can replace a tyre, but not a life.”
In Orchard Street at least eight cars were attacked.
James Worrell, 26, a marine engineer, said his car had two tyres slashed.
He said: “We heard the dog barking, sometime after midnight, but didn’t think anything of it. Then this morning I found out what had happened.”
A Northumbria Police spokeswoman said: “Police have received numerous reports of damage to motor vehicles around the Pallion area and Millfield area of Sunderland.
“Officers have been studying CCTV of the incident and there will be extra patrols in the area for reassurance.
“Inquiries are ongoing and anyone with information should get in touch on 101.”
Joy Vickery and daughter-in-law Tracy Vickery, of Pallion Park, who had two tyres slashed on her car. Inset, damage to one of several other vehicles.