Yobs slash tyre on charity van

NRHNBE111219f1, Valley CIDS Swanwick, Peter Hallam business manager with one of the vans being vandalised.
NRHNBE111219f1, Valley CIDS Swanwick, Peter Hallam business manager with one of the vans being vandalised.

YOBS slashed the tyres on a charity van in Jacksdale used to collect donations of furniture and clothing.

Two Valley CIDS vans were targeted in two separate attacks – the first of which was in a locked site in Jacksdale.

The incident on the night of December 4 saw vandals scale a seven ft high metal fence and gain access to a compound behind the Lighthouse shop, on Main Road in Jacksdale, where the inside rear tyres of a Mercedes Sprinter van and a Ford transit van were slashed.

Valley CIDS business manager Peter Hallam said: “The inside rear tyre of one van and the rear tyre of the other were slashed. There was a chance you could have got in and driven away without noticing. It’s absolutely dangerous.”

The vans were then attacked again just ten days later when they were moved to Swanwick.

Mr Hallam said: “Like all people with premises you get an occasional random act of violence – but never anything consistent. This seems like a personal attack.

“We’re known in the community for supplying a valued service. It’s a bit of shock to us.”

Around £600 of damage has been caused by the attacks as well as disruption to the service.

“They’re busy vans. They have got a schedule each day collecting large-sized donations like furniture, and then delivering them once they’ve been sold,” Mr Hallam added.

“People have been let down.”

Staff are at a loss to explain the persecution, which they believe was planned carefully as a security light at the Jacksdale compound was smashed two days before the first attack.

If you have any information about these attacks, contact police on 101 or freephone Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.