York woman's fears after car repeatedly attacked by vandals in Haxby Road

York Press: Chris Town with the car belonging to his daughter, Holly, which has been attacked with paint stripper and had its tyres damaged with knife blades Chris Town with the car belonging to his daughter, Holly, which has been attacked with paint stripper and had its tyres damaged with knife blades

A YORK woman is living in fear she may be attacked, after vandals repeatedly poured paint stripper on her car and slashed the tyres.

Holly Town, 27, moved to her flat in Haxby Road in May last year, and since then her Citroen DS3 has been attacked four times by vandals – twice with paint thinner and twice with blades in the tyres.

Her father Chris said: “After the first paint stripper incident, the police came out and said it was unusual and advised her where to park and where not to park and she took that advice.

A few weeks ago, her car went in for a service and the engineer found a craft knife blade in the side wall of the tyre. He asked: ‘Have you got any enemies? Because someone’s attacked your tyre’.

“You just feel absolutely totally powerless to do anything about it.

“She’s very worried about her personal safety and worried about walking in the area and that someone may spray it at her rather than the car. No matter where it’s parked, it gets attacked. She’s so worried, she’s thinking about moving home.”

Holly said her car had to be completely resprayed following the first paint stripper attack, and she had replaced two tyres, but she had no idea why her vehicle was being targeted.

She said: “I used to park in a cul de sac, Vyner Street, but was warned not to do that after the first incident.

“This has never happened, it’s completely new and I haven’t even been here a year.

“I’m starting to think I’m being targeted because last time there had been no other incidents around the streets.

“I’m not really a nervous sort of person but it’s started to worry me as it’s the fourth time and I walk my dog quite a lot at night.

“I’m worried they might throw something at me and try to disfigure me while out walking him.”

A spokeswoman for North Yorkshire Police said: “We are aware of the repeated attacks against the victim’s vehicle and are appealing for anyone who can assist the investigation into these mindless and concerning incidents to contact the police.

“The damage has caused the victim unnecessary inconvenience and expense, not to mention the distress caused at being a victim of repeated crimes.”

Holly said: “It feels personal now but I can’t figure out who it could be. I’ve spoken to people who have had wipers stolen in the past or mirrors knocked by lorries but I don’t know who would walk around with paint stripper or put blades in people’s tyres.”

Anyone with information on the vandalism should phone North Yorkshire Police on 101, email ian.richardson1191@northyorkshire.pnn.police.uk or phone Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.

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10:02am Fri 3 Jan 14

YorkPatrol says...

Jealous ex boyfriend?
Jealous ex boyfriend? YorkPatrol
  • Score: -8

10:27am Fri 3 Jan 14

Art Baker says...

YorkPatrol wrote:
Jealous ex boyfriend?
Is that a confession?
[quote][p][bold]YorkPatrol[/bold] wrote: Jealous ex boyfriend?[/p][/quote]Is that a confession? Art Baker
  • Score: -11

10:52am Fri 3 Jan 14

Blythespirit says...

Probably some sad nutter who wouldn't say boo to goose but feels safe carrying out anonymous attacks. I would look at the houses you originally parked your car in front of.
Probably some sad nutter who wouldn't say boo to goose but feels safe carrying out anonymous attacks. I would look at the houses you originally parked your car in front of. Blythespirit
  • Score: 36

1:05pm Fri 3 Jan 14

anistasia says...

My brother lives on haxby road he's had his car keyed on the roof walked over people coming back drunk from pubs.or shear vandals it's common round there now he's had it happen 2 or 3 times it needs cctv and more police patrols.
My brother lives on haxby road he's had his car keyed on the roof walked over people coming back drunk from pubs.or shear vandals it's common round there now he's had it happen 2 or 3 times it needs cctv and more police patrols. anistasia
  • Score: 19

1:19pm Fri 3 Jan 14

Loollah says...

I lived in that area a few years ago. My car was broken into twice in the space of 6 weeks. Both times through the same window but nothing was ever stolen. The second time around, the vandal opened all the windows in my car and left it to flood in the pouring rain! I fear this is an ongoing problem in the area!
I lived in that area a few years ago. My car was broken into twice in the space of 6 weeks. Both times through the same window but nothing was ever stolen. The second time around, the vandal opened all the windows in my car and left it to flood in the pouring rain! I fear this is an ongoing problem in the area! Loollah
  • Score: 17

1:42pm Fri 3 Jan 14

anistasia says...

Blythespirit wrote:
Probably some sad nutter who wouldn't say boo to goose but feels safe carrying out anonymous attacks. I would look at the houses you originally parked your car in front of.
Yes agree someone who'll damage things that can't fight back makes them look hard infront of their mates.would you look hard up against all the peoples cars you've vandalised.I think not.
[quote][p][bold]Blythespirit[/bold] wrote: Probably some sad nutter who wouldn't say boo to goose but feels safe carrying out anonymous attacks. I would look at the houses you originally parked your car in front of.[/p][/quote]Yes agree someone who'll damage things that can't fight back makes them look hard infront of their mates.would you look hard up against all the peoples cars you've vandalised.I think not. anistasia
  • Score: 13

2:06pm Fri 3 Jan 14

ColdAsChristmas says...

Just another reason why York is in the top 5 Cr*p Towns list.

There was a case in Manchester, a few years ago when some Eco Warrior was going round slashing the tyres of 4X4's, thinking he was saving the planet!

More Police patrols required and residents need to keep a look out. Too many criminals are getting away with vandalism etc. A crime number and another insurance claim is simply not good enough. Lets hear about the culprits and take them off the streets. Action!
Just another reason why York is in the top 5 Cr*p Towns list. There was a case in Manchester, a few years ago when some Eco Warrior was going round slashing the tyres of 4X4's, thinking he was saving the planet! More Police patrols required and residents need to keep a look out. Too many criminals are getting away with vandalism etc. A crime number and another insurance claim is simply not good enough. Lets hear about the culprits and take them off the streets. Action! ColdAsChristmas
  • Score: -8

3:09pm Fri 3 Jan 14

eeoodares says...

ColdAsChristmas wrote:
Just another reason why York is in the top 5 Cr*p Towns list.

There was a case in Manchester, a few years ago when some Eco Warrior was going round slashing the tyres of 4X4's, thinking he was saving the planet!

More Police patrols required and residents need to keep a look out. Too many criminals are getting away with vandalism etc. A crime number and another insurance claim is simply not good enough. Lets hear about the culprits and take them off the streets. Action!
Yeah, York is a terrible place.... vandalism is headline news! Please feel free to go to Nottingham, Hull, Newquay or Dundee, because they obviously have NO problems at all!
[quote][p][bold]ColdAsChristmas[/bold] wrote: Just another reason why York is in the top 5 Cr*p Towns list. There was a case in Manchester, a few years ago when some Eco Warrior was going round slashing the tyres of 4X4's, thinking he was saving the planet! More Police patrols required and residents need to keep a look out. Too many criminals are getting away with vandalism etc. A crime number and another insurance claim is simply not good enough. Lets hear about the culprits and take them off the streets. Action![/p][/quote]Yeah, York is a terrible place.... vandalism is headline news! Please feel free to go to Nottingham, Hull, Newquay or Dundee, because they obviously have NO problems at all! eeoodares
  • Score: 10

3:31pm Fri 3 Jan 14

Daisy75 says...

I would say that having paint stripper thrown on your car and tyres cut open takes a higher level of vandalism than keying the car or breaking a window, because for the first two someone has thought this out and made plans and taken equipment to do damage. They are not spontaneous acts of criminality like keying a car. Maybe the previous owner of the car has been up to no good, or as someone else says, mistaken identity caused by where it was parked?
I would say that having paint stripper thrown on your car and tyres cut open takes a higher level of vandalism than keying the car or breaking a window, because for the first two someone has thought this out and made plans and taken equipment to do damage. They are not spontaneous acts of criminality like keying a car. Maybe the previous owner of the car has been up to no good, or as someone else says, mistaken identity caused by where it was parked? Daisy75
  • Score: 22

7:58pm Fri 3 Jan 14

Art Baker says...

ColdAsChristmas wrote:
Just another reason why York is in the top 5 Cr*p Towns list.

There was a case in Manchester, a few years ago when some Eco Warrior was going round slashing the tyres of 4X4's, thinking he was saving the planet!

More Police patrols required and residents need to keep a look out. Too many criminals are getting away with vandalism etc. A crime number and another insurance claim is simply not good enough. Lets hear about the culprits and take them off the streets. Action!
This bizarrely shows what a good place York is as a place to live. While low level crime such as this seems extreme to people who have led sheltered cosy lives in the city, it is actually quite trivial. There are many places in this country where this would never make the local rag as murders, drug crimes and violence would fill the news pages.
[quote][p][bold]ColdAsChristmas[/bold] wrote: Just another reason why York is in the top 5 Cr*p Towns list. There was a case in Manchester, a few years ago when some Eco Warrior was going round slashing the tyres of 4X4's, thinking he was saving the planet! More Police patrols required and residents need to keep a look out. Too many criminals are getting away with vandalism etc. A crime number and another insurance claim is simply not good enough. Lets hear about the culprits and take them off the streets. Action![/p][/quote]This bizarrely shows what a good place York is as a place to live. While low level crime such as this seems extreme to people who have led sheltered cosy lives in the city, it is actually quite trivial. There are many places in this country where this would never make the local rag as murders, drug crimes and violence would fill the news pages. Art Baker
  • Score: 10

8:29pm Fri 3 Jan 14

baldiebiker says...

A few years ago I had a spate of "punctures" think it was about 14 over 3 years, including a tyre blow out at speed. Maybe I was just unlucky but since moving I've had 1 in 9 years?
A few years ago I had a spate of "punctures" think it was about 14 over 3 years, including a tyre blow out at speed. Maybe I was just unlucky but since moving I've had 1 in 9 years? baldiebiker
  • Score: 1

10:00pm Fri 3 Jan 14

LeCrow says...

Had a couple of teenage girls push me in front of a moving car on Haxby Rd. a few weeks back; the area's definitely getting a bit grimmer recently (as someone who lived in the Groves for four years).

This also happened on Haxby Rd. recently: http://www.yorkpress
.co.uk/news/10902728
.Woman_hurt_in_York_
mugging/

Makes the walk to and from work along this stretch after dark less and less appealing.
Had a couple of teenage girls push me in front of a moving car on Haxby Rd. a few weeks back; the area's definitely getting a bit grimmer recently (as someone who lived in the Groves for four years). This also happened on Haxby Rd. recently: http://www.yorkpress .co.uk/news/10902728 .Woman_hurt_in_York_ mugging/ Makes the walk to and from work along this stretch after dark less and less appealing. LeCrow
  • Score: 8

11:44pm Fri 3 Jan 14

wallman says...

Daisy75 wrote:
I would say that having paint stripper thrown on your car and tyres cut open takes a higher level of vandalism than keying the car or breaking a window, because for the first two someone has thought this out and made plans and taken equipment to do damage. They are not spontaneous acts of criminality like keying a car. Maybe the previous owner of the car has been up to no good, or as someone else says, mistaken identity caused by where it was parked?
somebody thought this out??? mistaken identity??? these lowlife just want putting down like a rabid dog
[quote][p][bold]Daisy75[/bold] wrote: I would say that having paint stripper thrown on your car and tyres cut open takes a higher level of vandalism than keying the car or breaking a window, because for the first two someone has thought this out and made plans and taken equipment to do damage. They are not spontaneous acts of criminality like keying a car. Maybe the previous owner of the car has been up to no good, or as someone else says, mistaken identity caused by where it was parked?[/p][/quote]somebody thought this out??? mistaken identity??? these lowlife just want putting down like a rabid dog wallman
  • Score: -3

11:44pm Fri 3 Jan 14

wallman says...

Daisy75 wrote:
I would say that having paint stripper thrown on your car and tyres cut open takes a higher level of vandalism than keying the car or breaking a window, because for the first two someone has thought this out and made plans and taken equipment to do damage. They are not spontaneous acts of criminality like keying a car. Maybe the previous owner of the car has been up to no good, or as someone else says, mistaken identity caused by where it was parked?
somebody thought this out??? mistaken identity??? these lowlife just want putting down like a rabid dog
[quote][p][bold]Daisy75[/bold] wrote: I would say that having paint stripper thrown on your car and tyres cut open takes a higher level of vandalism than keying the car or breaking a window, because for the first two someone has thought this out and made plans and taken equipment to do damage. They are not spontaneous acts of criminality like keying a car. Maybe the previous owner of the car has been up to no good, or as someone else says, mistaken identity caused by where it was parked?[/p][/quote]somebody thought this out??? mistaken identity??? these lowlife just want putting down like a rabid dog wallman
  • Score: 0

11:50pm Fri 3 Jan 14

wallman says...

somebody thought this out??? mistaken identity??? these lowlife just want putting down like a rabid dog
somebody thought this out??? mistaken identity??? these lowlife just want putting down like a rabid dog wallman
  • Score: 1

4:45am Sat 4 Jan 14

Magicman! says...

Either mistaken identity, somebody with a grudge (some sort of enemy, maybe if she's a bad driver it might be somebody she's cut up or something), or just drunks thinking something will be 'a lark'...

For the amount of traffic that Haxby Road carries, the street is not particularly well lit... the light is monochromatic and so identification of people at night can be hard for cameras. Ideally the lighting would be upgraded to LED and then a CCTV camera installed on the crossroads with White Rose Avenue, with another near the park.
Either mistaken identity, somebody with a grudge (some sort of enemy, maybe if she's a bad driver it might be somebody she's cut up or something), or just drunks thinking something will be 'a lark'... For the amount of traffic that Haxby Road carries, the street is not particularly well lit... the light is monochromatic and so identification of people at night can be hard for cameras. Ideally the lighting would be upgraded to LED and then a CCTV camera installed on the crossroads with White Rose Avenue, with another near the park. Magicman!
  • Score: 1

6:03am Sat 4 Jan 14

anistasia says...

I understand there is a half way house in Stanley street found this out after brother got broke into.don't know if it's calmed down now but the groves had a big drug problem with people from outside York living in Eldon terrace.
I understand there is a half way house in Stanley street found this out after brother got broke into.don't know if it's calmed down now but the groves had a big drug problem with people from outside York living in Eldon terrace. anistasia
  • Score: 8

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