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Swansea drivers urged to check cars as tyre slasher strikes again

By South Wales Evening Post  |  Posted: November 30, 2012

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POLICE are hunting for a serial tyre slasher who has vandalised 21 cars in the last three weeks.

In total 29 vehicles have had their tyres cut in two months in Uplands, Swansea, with the attacker always striking at night.

Police have stepped up patrols in the area to try to catch the culprit — and in the meantime they are urging motorists to check their tyres for damage before driving off in the mornings.

Inspector Steve Jones of Swansea Central police station appealed for anyone with information to come forward.

He said: "We are taking these incidents very seriously and a dedicated officer has been assigned to investigate all the crimes which have been reported.

"We are pursuing a number of lines of enquiry in an attempt to apprehend the offender.

"We have increased patrols in the area and we will continue this in order to catch those responsible and to prevent further offences.

"I would urge members of the public to report any suspicious activity immediately to the police. Due to the obvious safety consequences of such actions, I would also urge motorists in this area to check their vehicles for tyre damage before setting off."

Twenty-six of the attacks have happened in Eaton Crescent, the other three in neighbouring Uplands Crescent.

Detectives say the tyres were slashed using a knife or other "sharp instrument", and they are appealing for anyone who can help identify the attacker to come forward.

Can you help? Call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111 or PC Chris Walters on 07969 894791.

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  • Cynically  |  December 01 2012, 11:28AM

    Jiffy, I work in the NHS, have done for over 20 years, think I am a bit more of an authority about the NHS than you are, red tape instead of practical health care, the waste of money and resources that I have seen over the last 12 years is shameful, Labour had more than enough time to change things if it was deemed a bad policy, but not a priority obviously!

  • Jiffy  |  November 30 2012, 8:58PM

    Cynically - Care in the Community started in the 80's. By the time Labour came into power, the damage had been done, the NHS was being destroyed and we're seeing it on it's last legs now. When you're paying £thousands for private medical insurance, don't come whining here.

  • Cynically  |  November 30 2012, 6:17PM

    Jiffy, I find it hilarious that you blame Maggie Thatcher's policy for this, how many years were Labour in power, did they not have the opportunity to change legislation??? Probably didn't enter their heads, far too busy wasting hard earned tax payers money!

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  • Jiffy  |  November 30 2012, 5:50PM

    ospreysnewfan - should this idiot be caught, you can be certain the defence will claim they are suffering from a mental illness of some kind. No normal person would regularly slash that number of tyres. Anyone carrying a knife capable of slashing tyres should be put away for a very long time. Recently a young woman was killed when she drove a car that had partially slashed tyres. It's a thoughless, dangerous crime that can lead to further more violent actions by the deluded types who believe they've got power through their knives.

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  • hacker_jack  |  November 30 2012, 2:49PM

    Jiffy, odds are this is some kid who thinks it is funny, not someone with a real mental illness.

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  • Neathboy234  |  November 30 2012, 2:11PM

    why do some people have to urge to let others down in such a way

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  • Eureka1963  |  November 30 2012, 2:07PM

    I do not understand why anyone would do this but hope he is caught quickly, at assets that person holds should be seized and used to reimburse those who suffered the damage. If that person is on benefits then a sum should be deducted from that until the damage has been paid back in full. Someone else who thinks the whole world is against them?

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  • Eureka1963  |  November 30 2012, 2:02PM

    I do not understand why someone would do this but I hope the person is caught and that whatever assets that person holds are removed and used to reimburse those who have had their tyres slashed. If that person is on benefits then a sum should be deducted from each payment until the damage is paid back in full. Someone else who thinks the whole world is against them?

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  • ospreysnewfan  |  November 30 2012, 1:39PM

    Sorry Jiffy, but I do not see how you can link what has happened to the care in the community for people suffering mental illness. Unless you know something the police do not, then you have no idea about the person or people who have carried out these attacks. I couldn't care less about your dyed in the wool, hate filled anti tory politics, but please do not cast aspersions about those being cared for in the community who are suffering mental illness.

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  • TheMatthew  |  November 30 2012, 10:36AM

    I feel very deflated after reading this story.

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