Neighbours’ anger over tyre rampage

Angela Wolstencroft, Stuart Grimes and Steven Addy survey the damage to one of the tyres on Ledbury Road, Blackpool.

Angela Wolstencroft, Stuart Grimes and Steven Addy survey the damage to one of the tyres on Ledbury Road, Blackpool.

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FURIOUS neighbours have slammed mindless vandals who went on a car wrecking spree – stopping them getting to work and costing hundreds of pounds.

Residents around Normoss were horrified to discover youths had wreaked havoc on Monday night, entering driveways and using a knife to ruin tyres.

Three 17-year-old boys were arrested after cars on Newton Drive, Ravenswood Avenue, Ledbury Road and Moresby Avenue were all targeted in the rampage, which happened around 7pm.

Two of the tyres on Angela Wolstencroft’s car were slashed after she left it parked outside her Ledbury Road home, and she said: “Those low-lives don’t realise how much stress and upset they have put people through.

“It’s scary to think there was someone with a blade on the street. I always put my car on the drive but this one particular night I didn’t.”

Angela’s partner Stuart Grimes, a neighbourhood watch co-ordinator on neighbouring Grange Park, believes people are cutting through from the nearby Horsebridge flats to cause trouble.

He added: “I was with four residents last night and they just feel at risk and threatened, it is making life unpleasant for people of Ledbury Road.”

A police spokesman said 20 incidents of vandalism had been reported to them and officers were “checking CCTV and speaking to residents to try to establish what happened.”

Haulage driver Robert Shore was forced to miss work yesterday after two of the tyres on his car were slashed.

He said: “I’ve had to buy two part worn tyres and miss a day of work to get it sorted.

“The cost implications of it are massive because there must have been a lot of people who got up this morning and couldn’t go to work.”

And Jeff Walker, who lives on the corner of Ravenswood Avenue and Normoss Avenue, said: “They have slashed one of my tyres four times. I’m not happy because I had a hospital appointment this morning and I couldn’t go. The tyre was nearly new but it’s cost me £168 to replace.”

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