POLICE in Dinas Powys are investigating a bizarre string of incidents in the village in which people have had their cars damaged.
A mystery culprit who is slashing tyres, scratching vehicle bodywork and tearing off wing mirrors may seem like a plot for Midsommer Murders, but for residents it has been a frustrating and expensive business.
The vehicles have been targeted on Georges Row, just off Cardiff Road, in Dinas Powys.
One resident, whose car was damaged, told The GEM: “People have had deep scratches on the paintwork of their cars, tyres slashed or let down, windscreen wipers pulled off and wing mirrors torn off. It is relentless. I know one person who was traumatised by this.”
Another victim said: “The bonnet of my car was damaged and it cost £380 to put right. I’ve also had my tyres let down nine or 10 times."
People who live on Cardiff Road and park their cars along Georges Row – a tight street with parking on one side – are the main victims, although some people in Georges Row have suffered damage too.
One theory is that someone doesn’t like people from the main road parking on Georges Row.
The incidents have gone on for two years, and a recent spree of criminal damage – four cars having tyres slashed in one night, Friday, January 20 to Saturday, January 21 – persuaded residents to bring in the police.
One person told The GEM that until that point he hadn’t thought it worth contacting the police because they had better things to do.
Some residents are considering putting up cameras to catch the culprit.
The police have carried out door to door inquires and are meeting residents later this week.
South Wales Police confirmed it was investigating what had happened along Georges Row.
PCSO Leighanne Norris said: “Our neighbourhood police team has increased patrols in the area and we can assure residents that all reports will be taken seriously.
“Anyone who saw anything suspicious in the area is asked to contact police on 101, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.”