Woman flees home in Haxby Road, York, after repeated vandal attacks to car

York Press: Holly Town and her car which was vandalised again, outside her home in Haxby Road. Holly Town and her car which was vandalised again, outside her home in Haxby Road.

A WOMAN has moved out of her York home after her car was targeted by vandals for the fifth time in about a year.

The latest attack on Holly Town's Citroen DS3 in the early hours of Saturday morning left blood on the vehicle, dents to the roof, and a broken and damaged wing mirror.

Holly, 27, only moved to her flat in Haxby Road just over a year ago but said she had been left with no choice but to leave her home.

Previous attacks have seen paint thinner poured over the car paintwork and razor blades embedded in the tyres.

She said: "I have got to leave because I'm not comfortable staying there. I'm absolutely flabbergasted about what's happened."

"I have just had the paint stripper done because I was only just able to afford it."

She said it had only been on road one night when the latest attack happened.

"The damage they did was brutal, leaving blood on the car. There were footprints all over it, they'd jumped on it, broken and stolen part of my wing mirror."

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

She said: "I'm disgusted and confused about it. I'm frightened as well. I don't really know how to react. I don't feel comfortable staying there.

"I'm putting a stop to it by moving because the police haven't caught them, but hopefully this time they will be able to because they have left blood. I have had to kick my roof back into shape from the inside. There are footprints on it and blood on it as well."

Holly, a self-employed letting agent, said she was moving back to her family home until she can find a house with a driveway, and the attacks had not just cost her wellbeing, but financially as well.

She said: "It's really my business that I run that's suffering because I'm having to take time out and money for five repair jobs. I've got to meet clients so I can't really turn up with it looking like that."

A North Yorkshire Police spokesman said: "At around 1.30am on Saturday 14 June, a bronze Citroen DS car was badly damaged outside Haxby Road Primary School. Officers have been investigating the incident, including making house to house inquiries."

Inquiries are ongoing including a forensic examination of blood found at the scene, he said.

Officers are appealing to anyone who saw anyone acting suspiciously in the Haxby Road area in the early hours of Saturday morning to come forward with information."

Anyone with information should contact police on 101 – select option 2, and ask for York police., or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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10:51am Thu 19 Jun 14

The Grim Reaper says...

Holly, a self-employed letting agent, said she was moving back to her family home - I would imagine that you have upset a potential letter or had a letter evicted etc. Does not give them the right to vandalise and abuse you.
Holly, a self-employed letting agent, said she was moving back to her family home - I would imagine that you have upset a potential letter or had a letter evicted etc. Does not give them the right to vandalise and abuse you. The Grim Reaper
  • Score: -7

11:33am Thu 19 Jun 14

TheTruthHurts says...

Its pretty much irrelevant why someone(s) is doing this. It is a total act of cowardice and the police typically are being as much use as a chocolate fireguard. The poor girl has effectively been forced to move because of this.
Its pretty much irrelevant why someone(s) is doing this. It is a total act of cowardice and the police typically are being as much use as a chocolate fireguard. The poor girl has effectively been forced to move because of this. TheTruthHurts
  • Score: 52

12:27pm Thu 19 Jun 14

PlanetTea says...

TheTruthHurts wrote:
Its pretty much irrelevant why someone(s) is doing this. It is a total act of cowardice and the police typically are being as much use as a chocolate fireguard. The poor girl has effectively been forced to move because of this.
To be fair... what more could they have done? They're trying their best, but they aren't psychic, they can't KNOW who the perpetrators are and since there appears to be no pattern to their attacks they can't very well organise a stake out. What exactly would you do "TheTruthHurts"?
[quote][p][bold]TheTruthHurts[/bold] wrote: Its pretty much irrelevant why someone(s) is doing this. It is a total act of cowardice and the police typically are being as much use as a chocolate fireguard. The poor girl has effectively been forced to move because of this.[/p][/quote]To be fair... what more could they have done? They're trying their best, but they aren't psychic, they can't KNOW who the perpetrators are and since there appears to be no pattern to their attacks they can't very well organise a stake out. What exactly would you do "TheTruthHurts"? PlanetTea
  • Score: 9

1:02pm Thu 19 Jun 14

mitch2nd says...

I don't condone this at all its not a nice thing to happen and if caught they should be banged up, of course they wont, slap on the wrists and told not be naughty in the future

However others may see this as poetic justice as letting agents have been vandalising the letting market for the last few years
I don't condone this at all its not a nice thing to happen and if caught they should be banged up, of course they wont, slap on the wrists and told not be naughty in the future However others may see this as poetic justice as letting agents have been vandalising the letting market for the last few years mitch2nd
  • Score: -23

2:07pm Thu 19 Jun 14

Yorkmackem1 says...

PlanetTea wrote:
TheTruthHurts wrote:
Its pretty much irrelevant why someone(s) is doing this. It is a total act of cowardice and the police typically are being as much use as a chocolate fireguard. The poor girl has effectively been forced to move because of this.
To be fair... what more could they have done? They're trying their best, but they aren't psychic, they can't KNOW who the perpetrators are and since there appears to be no pattern to their attacks they can't very well organise a stake out. What exactly would you do "TheTruthHurts"
?
I dunno.....maybe spend more time patrolling areas of known previous crime scenes, instead of standing on the road with speed cameras looking to make an easy few quid ?
[quote][p][bold]PlanetTea[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]TheTruthHurts[/bold] wrote: Its pretty much irrelevant why someone(s) is doing this. It is a total act of cowardice and the police typically are being as much use as a chocolate fireguard. The poor girl has effectively been forced to move because of this.[/p][/quote]To be fair... what more could they have done? They're trying their best, but they aren't psychic, they can't KNOW who the perpetrators are and since there appears to be no pattern to their attacks they can't very well organise a stake out. What exactly would you do "TheTruthHurts" ?[/p][/quote]I dunno.....maybe spend more time patrolling areas of known previous crime scenes, instead of standing on the road with speed cameras looking to make an easy few quid ? Yorkmackem1
  • Score: 26

2:19pm Thu 19 Jun 14

Blythespirit says...

PlanetTea wrote:
TheTruthHurts wrote:
Its pretty much irrelevant why someone(s) is doing this. It is a total act of cowardice and the police typically are being as much use as a chocolate fireguard. The poor girl has effectively been forced to move because of this.
To be fair... what more could they have done? They're trying their best, but they aren't psychic, they can't KNOW who the perpetrators are and since there appears to be no pattern to their attacks they can't very well organise a stake out. What exactly would you do "TheTruthHurts"
?
As this poor woman became a repeat victim, you would have thought they could have utilised some CCTV cameras. Inexpensive and very effective at catching the sad, pathetic morons who are doing this to a woman living on her own.
[quote][p][bold]PlanetTea[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]TheTruthHurts[/bold] wrote: Its pretty much irrelevant why someone(s) is doing this. It is a total act of cowardice and the police typically are being as much use as a chocolate fireguard. The poor girl has effectively been forced to move because of this.[/p][/quote]To be fair... what more could they have done? They're trying their best, but they aren't psychic, they can't KNOW who the perpetrators are and since there appears to be no pattern to their attacks they can't very well organise a stake out. What exactly would you do "TheTruthHurts" ?[/p][/quote]As this poor woman became a repeat victim, you would have thought they could have utilised some CCTV cameras. Inexpensive and very effective at catching the sad, pathetic morons who are doing this to a woman living on her own. Blythespirit
  • Score: 38

2:35pm Thu 19 Jun 14

MouseHouse says...

Quite right to move out. This sort of vendetta would destroy a weaker person, well done to Holly for giving the area chance and then deciding it wasn't safe enough for her property.

Responsibility. Let's have it clear - the responsibility for this lies with the idiots who smashed the car up. They will move on to bigger crimes unless they are stopped.

The only guess I will have is that alcohol is involved somewhere.
Quite right to move out. This sort of vendetta would destroy a weaker person, well done to Holly for giving the area chance and then deciding it wasn't safe enough for her property. Responsibility. Let's have it clear - the responsibility for this lies with the idiots who smashed the car up. They will move on to bigger crimes unless they are stopped. The only guess I will have is that alcohol is involved somewhere. MouseHouse
  • Score: 21

3:19pm Thu 19 Jun 14

toweliechaos says...

A number of cars on my old street had their wing mirrors knocked off one night and as we know, these aren't cheap to replace. What made it all the more galling was that CCTV had caught the 'perps' a bit further up as they had been tracked with YSJ's cameras and then police ones.

So, did the Police do anything about getting the little sods to pay back the damage they caused? I'll leave you to guess...

I'm afraid if you have to park your car on the road (and pay the lovely council for the privilege to do so...) in York, then this kind of low-level vandalism is just expected now. The Police are, by and large, not interested in tackling it; residents don't seem to be willing to help each other by doing anything about it if they see/hear it; and the little sods doing it know that in the extremely unlikely event that they are caught, that they face practically no punitive treatment for doing so. In other words, it's a free shot for them, with plenty of notice prior to it getting serious for them.

Put all this together, and you end up with lots of cars in York facing broken wing mirrors, punctured tyres, smashed windows, paintwork damage etc. etc. just because of where they are parked. Thank heavens I've moved out of the city and no longer have to put up with this sort of nonsense - or pay for the privilege of possibly being able to park outside my own house.
A number of cars on my old street had their wing mirrors knocked off one night and as we know, these aren't cheap to replace. What made it all the more galling was that CCTV had caught the 'perps' a bit further up as they had been tracked with YSJ's cameras and then police ones. So, did the Police do anything about getting the little sods to pay back the damage they caused? I'll leave you to guess... I'm afraid if you have to park your car on the road (and pay the lovely council for the privilege to do so...) in York, then this kind of low-level vandalism is just expected now. The Police are, by and large, not interested in tackling it; residents don't seem to be willing to help each other by doing anything about it if they see/hear it; and the little sods doing it know that in the extremely unlikely event that they are caught, that they face practically no punitive treatment for doing so. In other words, it's a free shot for them, with plenty of notice prior to it getting serious for them. Put all this together, and you end up with lots of cars in York facing broken wing mirrors, punctured tyres, smashed windows, paintwork damage etc. etc. just because of where they are parked. Thank heavens I've moved out of the city and no longer have to put up with this sort of nonsense - or pay for the privilege of possibly being able to park outside my own house. toweliechaos
  • Score: 12

3:29pm Thu 19 Jun 14

YorkPatrol says...

This very much seems like individually targetted vendetta attacks based on historical events.

There is much more to this story – the persons responsible must be know to the victim.

The police need to do a bit more digging
This very much seems like individually targetted vendetta attacks based on historical events. There is much more to this story – the persons responsible must be know to the victim. The police need to do a bit more digging YorkPatrol
  • Score: 15

4:01pm Thu 19 Jun 14

GB-Yorkie says...

I might be completely wrong, but this sort of repeated attack on an individuals car sounds more like a grudge to me, rather than casual vandalism by different people each time!? I know some areas or streets are more prone to vandalism (especially if on a main route home after town) but these acts of vandalism sound a bit more contrived than the usual drunken way home stuff...
I might be completely wrong, but this sort of repeated attack on an individuals car sounds more like a grudge to me, rather than casual vandalism by different people each time!? I know some areas or streets are more prone to vandalism (especially if on a main route home after town) but these acts of vandalism sound a bit more contrived than the usual drunken way home stuff... GB-Yorkie
  • Score: 18

5:31pm Thu 19 Jun 14

Miles Davis says...

mitch2nd wrote:
I don't condone this at all its not a nice thing to happen and if caught they should be banged up, of course they wont, slap on the wrists and told not be naughty in the future

However others may see this as poetic justice as letting agents have been vandalising the letting market for the last few years
What a stupid thing to say. Buffoon!!
[quote][p][bold]mitch2nd[/bold] wrote: I don't condone this at all its not a nice thing to happen and if caught they should be banged up, of course they wont, slap on the wrists and told not be naughty in the future However others may see this as poetic justice as letting agents have been vandalising the letting market for the last few years[/p][/quote]What a stupid thing to say. Buffoon!! Miles Davis
  • Score: 16

8:13pm Thu 19 Jun 14

KevinWard59 says...

PlanetTea wrote:
TheTruthHurts wrote:
Its pretty much irrelevant why someone(s) is doing this. It is a total act of cowardice and the police typically are being as much use as a chocolate fireguard. The poor girl has effectively been forced to move because of this.
To be fair... what more could they have done? They're trying their best, but they aren't psychic, they can't KNOW who the perpetrators are and since there appears to be no pattern to their attacks they can't very well organise a stake out. What exactly would you do "TheTruthHurts"
?
Just a minor point - apparently Crime stoppers do not accept any information from psychics a friend, who informed me, was told several years ago.
[quote][p][bold]PlanetTea[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]TheTruthHurts[/bold] wrote: Its pretty much irrelevant why someone(s) is doing this. It is a total act of cowardice and the police typically are being as much use as a chocolate fireguard. The poor girl has effectively been forced to move because of this.[/p][/quote]To be fair... what more could they have done? They're trying their best, but they aren't psychic, they can't KNOW who the perpetrators are and since there appears to be no pattern to their attacks they can't very well organise a stake out. What exactly would you do "TheTruthHurts" ?[/p][/quote]Just a minor point - apparently Crime stoppers do not accept any information from psychics a friend, who informed me, was told several years ago. KevinWard59
  • Score: 0

8:34pm Thu 19 Jun 14

KevinWard59 says...

GB-Yorkie wrote:
I might be completely wrong, but this sort of repeated attack on an individuals car sounds more like a grudge to me, rather than casual vandalism by different people each time!? I know some areas or streets are more prone to vandalism (especially if on a main route home after town) but these acts of vandalism sound a bit more contrived than the usual drunken way home stuff...
Friday 13th was a Full Moon
[quote][p][bold]GB-Yorkie[/bold] wrote: I might be completely wrong, but this sort of repeated attack on an individuals car sounds more like a grudge to me, rather than casual vandalism by different people each time!? I know some areas or streets are more prone to vandalism (especially if on a main route home after town) but these acts of vandalism sound a bit more contrived than the usual drunken way home stuff...[/p][/quote]Friday 13th was a Full Moon KevinWard59
  • Score: 0

10:13pm Thu 19 Jun 14

MaiPenRai says...

I feel for her. I live on Haxby road too and my car was keyed and I had my wing mirror smashed off since February. It's senseless vandalism and it's extremely frustrating, especially when it's something you work hard for and care about. I reported my incidents to the police, but I was informed that there are no cameras on Haxby Road. Very annoying!!
I feel for her. I live on Haxby road too and my car was keyed and I had my wing mirror smashed off since February. It's senseless vandalism and it's extremely frustrating, especially when it's something you work hard for and care about. I reported my incidents to the police, but I was informed that there are no cameras on Haxby Road. Very annoying!! MaiPenRai
  • Score: 9

2:02am Fri 20 Jun 14

Magicman! says...

PlanetTea wrote:
TheTruthHurts wrote:
Its pretty much irrelevant why someone(s) is doing this. It is a total act of cowardice and the police typically are being as much use as a chocolate fireguard. The poor girl has effectively been forced to move because of this.
To be fair... what more could they have done? They're trying their best, but they aren't psychic, they can't KNOW who the perpetrators are and since there appears to be no pattern to their attacks they can't very well organise a stake out. What exactly would you do "TheTruthHurts"
?
The article states her car has been attacked 5 times within a year... in the police have been contacted every time, then perhaps installing a temporary CCTV camera (one of those ones you see on a pole attached by chain to a lamp post) after incident number 2 had been reported so as to monitor the car thereafter may have been the way forward.
[quote][p][bold]PlanetTea[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]TheTruthHurts[/bold] wrote: Its pretty much irrelevant why someone(s) is doing this. It is a total act of cowardice and the police typically are being as much use as a chocolate fireguard. The poor girl has effectively been forced to move because of this.[/p][/quote]To be fair... what more could they have done? They're trying their best, but they aren't psychic, they can't KNOW who the perpetrators are and since there appears to be no pattern to their attacks they can't very well organise a stake out. What exactly would you do "TheTruthHurts" ?[/p][/quote]The article states her car has been attacked 5 times within a year... in the police have been contacted every time, then perhaps installing a temporary CCTV camera (one of those ones you see on a pole attached by chain to a lamp post) after incident number 2 had been reported so as to monitor the car thereafter may have been the way forward. Magicman!
  • Score: 8

6:08am Fri 20 Jun 14

Phalanges says...

Magicman! wrote:
PlanetTea wrote:
TheTruthHurts wrote:
Its pretty much irrelevant why someone(s) is doing this. It is a total act of cowardice and the police typically are being as much use as a chocolate fireguard. The poor girl has effectively been forced to move because of this.
To be fair... what more could they have done? They're trying their best, but they aren't psychic, they can't KNOW who the perpetrators are and since there appears to be no pattern to their attacks they can't very well organise a stake out. What exactly would you do "TheTruthHurts"

?
The article states her car has been attacked 5 times within a year... in the police have been contacted every time, then perhaps installing a temporary CCTV camera (one of those ones you see on a pole attached by chain to a lamp post) after incident number 2 had been reported so as to monitor the car thereafter may have been the way forward.
She’s got more chance of being caught by a temp speed camera at the end of the road than them installing a temp CCTV.
[quote][p][bold]Magicman![/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]PlanetTea[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]TheTruthHurts[/bold] wrote: Its pretty much irrelevant why someone(s) is doing this. It is a total act of cowardice and the police typically are being as much use as a chocolate fireguard. The poor girl has effectively been forced to move because of this.[/p][/quote]To be fair... what more could they have done? They're trying their best, but they aren't psychic, they can't KNOW who the perpetrators are and since there appears to be no pattern to their attacks they can't very well organise a stake out. What exactly would you do "TheTruthHurts" ?[/p][/quote]The article states her car has been attacked 5 times within a year... in the police have been contacted every time, then perhaps installing a temporary CCTV camera (one of those ones you see on a pole attached by chain to a lamp post) after incident number 2 had been reported so as to monitor the car thereafter may have been the way forward.[/p][/quote]She’s got more chance of being caught by a temp speed camera at the end of the road than them installing a temp CCTV. Phalanges
  • Score: 8

11:15am Fri 20 Jun 14

again says...

Leaving blood sounds like threatening behaviour over and above the vandalism.
Leaving blood sounds like threatening behaviour over and above the vandalism. again
  • Score: 2

1:40pm Fri 20 Jun 14

NickPheas says...

PlanetTea wrote:
TheTruthHurts wrote:
Its pretty much irrelevant why someone(s) is doing this. It is a total act of cowardice and the police typically are being as much use as a chocolate fireguard. The poor girl has effectively been forced to move because of this.
To be fair... what more could they have done? They're trying their best, but they aren't psychic, they can't KNOW who the perpetrators are and since there appears to be no pattern to their attacks they can't very well organise a stake out. What exactly would you do "TheTruthHurts"
?
Sounds like the kind of thing the council sky cars would be just right for.
[quote][p][bold]PlanetTea[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]TheTruthHurts[/bold] wrote: Its pretty much irrelevant why someone(s) is doing this. It is a total act of cowardice and the police typically are being as much use as a chocolate fireguard. The poor girl has effectively been forced to move because of this.[/p][/quote]To be fair... what more could they have done? They're trying their best, but they aren't psychic, they can't KNOW who the perpetrators are and since there appears to be no pattern to their attacks they can't very well organise a stake out. What exactly would you do "TheTruthHurts" ?[/p][/quote]Sounds like the kind of thing the council sky cars would be just right for. NickPheas
  • Score: 1

1:41pm Fri 20 Jun 14

NickPheas says...

NickPheas wrote:
PlanetTea wrote:
TheTruthHurts wrote:
Its pretty much irrelevant why someone(s) is doing this. It is a total act of cowardice and the police typically are being as much use as a chocolate fireguard. The poor girl has effectively been forced to move because of this.
To be fair... what more could they have done? They're trying their best, but they aren't psychic, they can't KNOW who the perpetrators are and since there appears to be no pattern to their attacks they can't very well organise a stake out. What exactly would you do "TheTruthHurts"

?
Sounds like the kind of thing the council sky cars would be just right for.
SPY cars! D'Oh!
[quote][p][bold]NickPheas[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]PlanetTea[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]TheTruthHurts[/bold] wrote: Its pretty much irrelevant why someone(s) is doing this. It is a total act of cowardice and the police typically are being as much use as a chocolate fireguard. The poor girl has effectively been forced to move because of this.[/p][/quote]To be fair... what more could they have done? They're trying their best, but they aren't psychic, they can't KNOW who the perpetrators are and since there appears to be no pattern to their attacks they can't very well organise a stake out. What exactly would you do "TheTruthHurts" ?[/p][/quote]Sounds like the kind of thing the council sky cars would be just right for.[/p][/quote]SPY cars! D'Oh! NickPheas
  • Score: 1

11:34pm Fri 20 Jun 14

trubbleuptmill says...

Having a place with a driveway still won't stop vandals. Living in Haxby/Wigginton I and others have had nails and screws placed on an angle behind our rear tyres so when you back out, they go into your tyre. Of course, you know nothing about it until either your tyre goes down, or worse. For me, the tyre suddenly deflated at 65mph just by the Taddy Brewery after driving to Norwich and back! Two weeks later it happened again, tyre blew. I didn't think this was a coincidence, so checked my tyres every time I reversed out, and sure enough, a week later, I found one just waiting to be run over.

After this I went round house to house to make sure people checked their cars before reversing out of their drives. This is how I know others have found the same thing after I told them. Their initial response, "nah, this isn't happening, you are mistaken/paranoid!", but sure enough, more turned up.

This type of vandalism is firstly potentially very dangerous, and also very expensive on tyres.
Having a place with a driveway still won't stop vandals. Living in Haxby/Wigginton I and others have had nails and screws placed on an angle behind our rear tyres so when you back out, they go into your tyre. Of course, you know nothing about it until either your tyre goes down, or worse. For me, the tyre suddenly deflated at 65mph just by the Taddy Brewery after driving to Norwich and back! Two weeks later it happened again, tyre blew. I didn't think this was a coincidence, so checked my tyres every time I reversed out, and sure enough, a week later, I found one just waiting to be run over. After this I went round house to house to make sure people checked their cars before reversing out of their drives. This is how I know others have found the same thing after I told them. Their initial response, "nah, this isn't happening, you are mistaken/paranoid!", but sure enough, more turned up. This type of vandalism is firstly potentially very dangerous, and also very expensive on tyres. trubbleuptmill
  • Score: 1

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