Tyre slasher’s three street damage spree

Residents are hoping to set up a Neighbourhood Watch scheme to help deter crime after 25 cars around the Valley Road area of Liversedge had their tyres slashed.  (Ref: AB200a0516)
Residents are hoping to set up a Neighbourhood Watch scheme to help deter crime after 25 cars around the Valley Road area of Liversedge had their tyres slashed. (Ref: AB200a0516)

A “mindless” vandal slashed the tyres of more than a dozen cars in three different streets.

Thousands of pounds worth of damage was caused to cars in Liversedge after the vandalism spree in the early hours of Friday, May 13.

More than 15 residents reported punctured tyres in Valley Road, Valley Court and Ings Crescent.

Dawn Foster, whose car was targeted outside her home in Valley Road, said: “It’s just mindless vandalism.

“I think a lot of people are very confused as to why someone would do this.

“It wasn’t just one or two cars and feeling is that this was organised. It’s obviously someone who has a very big grudge with an awful lot of people here.”

She said she first noticed the damage after walking her dog at around 7.15am on Friday morning last week.

Coun Lisa Holmes (Liversedge and Gomersal, Con) is now sending letters to more than 80 residents in the area urging them to contact police if they have any information.

She said: “I’m led to believe that it was a man who had a dog because someone has seen them on CCTV.

“It’s widespread vandalism, that’s the thing that’s worrying. It is not someone who has just done a bit of mischief or kids messing about, we are looking at a lot of houses on a few roads.”

Coun Holmes is also asking residents to consider setting up a Neighbourhood Watch in the area, to deter criminals from targeting the area in future.

And West Yorkshire Police are now appealing for anyone who may have witnessed the vandalism to come forward.

A police spokesperson said: “Officers were called on the morning of Friday, May 13 to reports that a number of tyres had been damaged on Valley Court.

“Officer attended and, having made further enquiries, found a number of sets of suspected tyres of having been attacked in and around the Valley Court area.

“It is thought the incidents happened over night.”

Insp Mohammed Rauf of the Batley and Spen Neighbourhood Policing Team, said: “I would appeal to anyone who witnessed any suspicious activity in the area to come forward. We have a number of positive lines of enquiry and are working closely with local partners. We have increased patrols in the area to reassure residents that this type of behaviour will not be tolerated.”

Contact police on 101 quoting log 209 May 13 with information.