max temp: 12°C

min temp: 6°C

ESTD 1874 Search

Colchester: More than 30 tyres slashed in wave of vehicle crime across New Town

16:56 24 August 2014

16 vehicles have had tyres slashed in four days in the New Town area of Colchester

16 vehicles have had tyres slashed in four days in the New Town area of Colchester

Police have increased patrols in an Essex town after 16 cars had tyres slashed in just four days.


Officers say the culprits are putting lives at risk as drivers might not notice the damage and could continue to drive their vehicles at normal speeds unaware of a flat tyre or the danger of a sudden blow-out.

More than 30 tyres have been punctured or cut overnight between August 20-24 in the Cromwell Road, Portland Road and Shrubland Road areas of New Town in Colchester.

A total of seven vehicles were targeted overnight between August 21-22 and there were seven the following night.

There were also single incidents overnight between August 20-21 and August 23-24.

Inspector Barry Atkinson said: “This crime spate has upset local residents and cost more than £2,500 for replacement tyres.

“But whoever is responsible is also putting lives at risk because if the damaged tyre is not noticed a driver could easily continue routine journeys and might lose control of the vehicle on a fast main road such as the A12.

“In some cases the tyres are completed deflated, others have cuts in the side. But if they are not spotted the consequences could be serious, if not fatal.

“This reckless crime must be stopped and we urge people to be on their guard and report any suspicious activity immediately on 999.

“We have increased patrols in the area and local officers are doing house-to-house enquiries.”

In most cases the two offside tyres have been damaged, but some vehicles have had one or three tyres cut.

Anyone with information about the perpetrators, however insignificant it may seem, should call officers at Colchester on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.



Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other East Anglian Daily Times visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by East Anglian Daily Times staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique East Anglian Daily Times account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

The number of complaints about Abellio Greater Anglia has risen.

The number of complaints handled by rail operator Abellio Greater Anglia increased by nearly 26% during the first three months of the current financial year according to new figures from the Office for Rail and Road (ORR).

All of the alleged sexual assaults happened on buses in Suffolk.

More needs to be done to empower women in Suffolk to come forward about sexual assaults, a campaigner has said.

Could Broomhill Pool be on the brink of restoration?

Hopes of restoring Ipswich’s Broomhill Pool have today received a huge boost with the news that the Heritage Lottery Fund has made an interim award to the project.

Broomhill pool from the air

As hopes of restoring Ipswich’s lido to its former glory take a step forward today, we look back at the pool’s past.

The launch of 'Pigs Gone Wild' at Trinity Park.

A piggie parade that is set to draw many visitors to Ipswich and raise £100,000 for a hospice charity took off in style last night at a glittering launch event.

Essex County Fire and Rescue Service attended two road traffic collisions this evening.

Needham Road in Stowmarket where the crash took place

An 81-year-old cyclist who sustained serious injuries following a collision in Stowmarket last week has died.

Chelmsford Crown Court

Two teenagers that caused extensive burns to a Witham man’s face after throwing a corrosive liquid at him in a case of mistaken identity have been found guilty.

The East Anglian Air Ambulance is in attendance.

A woman has suffered a “potentially life-changing” head injury during a crash in Beccles.

Pc Jason Lambourne

When Pc Jason Lambourne isn’t working for Suffolk Constabulary, he dons another emergency services uniform for work as an extra in hit television shows and films, including the latest 007 movie.

Most read

Most commented

Topic pages