Police receive 32 reports of tyres being slashed in just one night

UK

Police are appealing for dashcam and CCTV footage after the tyres of multiple cars in a Surrey village were slashed during a bonfire night display.

Surrey Police said it had received 32 reports of vehicles being targeted in Brockham on Saturday 4 November – and has also urged witnesses to come forward.

Images showed the cars parked in the village with their tyres punctured, with one resident posting on social media: “Someone has been slashing tyres and unfortunately a lot have been done.”

Cars parked in Tynedale Road, Middle Street, Boxhill Way, Tweed Lane and Glenfield Road were damaged, police said.

Mole Valley Borough Commander James Green said: “We have been made aware of 32 reports and are progressing with enquiries.

“Local officers were in the area at the time and responded immediately to reports.

“My team have also been out in the local area speaking with residents but we are urging anyone who may have dashcam or CCTV footage between the times of 6.55pm and 9.30pm to contact us.”

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Tweed Lane in Brockham was among the residential streets targeted

One local resident posted two images on Facebook and wrote: “We have some footage it’s not the best quality but it does show one of them (there are two) bending down to our guests tires and you can hear a slight noise. Hopefully someone will recognise them…”

Residents also speculated about the cause of the incident on social media.

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One wrote on Facebook: “Who says it was related to/caused by the Bonfire? It could be coincidence…. In the past We’ve also had people driving round the village with a hammer smashing windows as the drove around the roads causing deliberate damage in the past…but that wasn’t around Bonfire night…”

Another wrote: “There have been several incidents of vandalism over the last couple of years…car windscreens being smashed, BB guns fired at car and house windows. I don’t think last night’s vandalism was Bonfire related….I think we have a very troubled person living locally.”

Others speculated frustrated villagers may be behind the vandalism.

One resident wrote on Facebook: “This bonfire has just got to out of control ,it should be ltd tickets only, it makes local residents sick of items being stole from there front gardens, parking over drives, empty cans of bear, noise , and now this, the bonfire committee should foot the bill for the tyres , as we did not ask for them to come, they did.”

Facebook group Brockham Emergency Response Team and Brockham Emergency Volunteers also appealed for residents to share information: “If any residents have doorbell or security video footage please get in touch.”

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