Tyres slashed on seven vehicles in one night

Photo of a Vauxhall Corsa with two flat tyres on Hawkins Crescent.

Police are appealing for information after a number of vehicles had their tyres slashed in Bradley Stoke and Patchway on a single night in May.

The incidents happened overnight Friday 12th to Saturday 13th May. Six cars had one or more tyres damaged in Hawkins Crescent, Bradley Stoke and one vehicle was similarly targeted in Gloucester Road, Patchway.

One resident of Hawkins Crescent writing on the Bradley Stoke Journal Facebook page said a neighbour had reported seeing “two lads on bikes acting very suspiciously” at around 11.20pm on the night of the incidents. Another resident said she had called the police on 101 at around the same time to report stones being thrown at cars on her drive.

The second resident later reported that her daughter’s car, parked on the road, had been found with two flat tyres the next morning, adding that a number of other cars up and down the road from her house were also seen to have flat tyres.

Officers have carried out house-to-house enquiries in relation to the damage to the cars, which included two Ford Fiestas, a Ford Ka, a Vauxhall Corsa, a Toyota Yaris, a Volkswagen Polo and a Mercedes Viano.

The total number of tyres damaged across the seven vehicles is unknown, but four days after the incidents, a Journal reporter observed three vehicles, with five flat tyres between them, parked on Hawkins Crescent. The car targeted in Patchway is understood to have had two tyres slashed.

Anyone with any information which could help the police investigation is asked to get in touch online via www.avonandsomerset.police.uk/contact, or by calling 101, quoting reference 5217106530.

Alternatively, you can phone the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111. They never ask your name or trace your call.

A police spokesperson said:

“If you see anyone tampering with a neighbour’s vehicle, please call 999 straight away.”

Residents of Hawkins Crescent writing on the Journal’s Facebook page expressed surprise at the incidents:

“We have lived on the road 12 years and this is a first for us. One thing’s for sure, everyone will be a lot more vigilant now!”

“Yes, I agree – we’ve lived on the street for 19 years and never experienced vandalism like this and hope not to for another 19!”

Photo: Vauxhall Corsa on Hawkins Crescent with two flat tyres.

More info: Discussion on the BSJ Facebook page following the incidents

This article originally appeared in the June 2017 issue of the Bradley Stoke Journal news magazine (on page 6). The magazine is delivered FREE, EVERY MONTH, to 9,500 homes in Bradley Stoke, Little Stoke and Stoke Lodge. Phone 01454 300 400 to enquire about advertising or leaflet insertion.

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