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Thirty cars have tyres slashed
A FAMILY was forced to pay out hundreds of pounds after a mindless vandal punctured five of their car tyres in one night.
But Tina and David Austin were not the only two victims – police confirmed a total of 30 vehicles had been targeted in two separate spates in Bicester.
Mother-of-one Mrs Austin was about to set off for work in Bloxham when her husband David noticed she had a flat tyre.
Thinking nothing of it she started to pump it up. But as she looked at the other tyres of her Vauxhall Astra she noticed two more were flat and alarm bells started ringing.
Then a neighbour told her their car had also been targeted.
Office manager Mrs Austin, 40, of Market End Way, said: “David hadn’t checked his car and went to work.
“After my neighbour told me their tyres had been punctured I rang David to tell him to be careful.
“He checked his tyres and two were flat. He had managed to drive all the way to Didcot in the rain with both front tyres flat.
“He could have been killed. I was absolutely fuming.”
A total of 30 cars in the Kings End and Highfield areas of Bicester had been targeted overnight on April 17/18 when 19 cars were vandalised, and April 26/27 when 11 cars were damaged.
Vehicles in Orchard Way, Kennedy Road, Blenheim Drive, Danes Road, Bucknell Road and Market End Way all had tyres punctured overnight between 11.30pm and 5.30am.
Police believe the offender is using a small pointed instrument, such as a dart, to pierce the wall of the tyres.
Insp Neville Clayton said: “The individual doing this may see it as a jolly but it is a serious crime and has an impact on people’s lives and finances.
“People should raise their level of awareness and if they see anyone around their car acting suspiciously they should contact police.”
Anyone with information should call the police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.
A 15-year-old boy was arrested last Thursday on suspicion of criminal damage.
He was later released on police bail until June 16.