South Wales Police are searching for a vandal who deliberately threw the contents of a large tin of white paint over two black cars parked in Penarth – one, a seven-month-old £35,000 Mercedes SLK.
The Mercedes belongs to animal-rescue worker Adam Street – from Taunton in Somerset who had been making one of his regular visits to a friend in Cosmeston Drive, Penarth.
The car was left undriveable after the incident – with paint over the windscreen, lights and indicators and blocking the air vents and wipers. The vehicle had to be loaded onto a recovery truck to be taken back to the West Country.
The incident happened in the early hours of Thursday morning. Adam said that early on Thursday morning he was preparing to set off from Penarth to return home to Somerset at 6.15 and went out to de-ice his Mercedes SLK after a frosty night – only to find it was paint – not ice – all over his car .
He told WalesonLine “I was shocked and angry and couldn’t believe what had happened. Nothing like this has happened to me before.”
Adam’s friend who drives a black Audi A3 also found his car, parked nearby, had also had white paint flung over it .
Whilst they waited for police to arrive they found an empty paint pot nearby which they handed over to the police. Adam is having to claim on his own car insurance to get the damage repaired – and faces a possible consequent increase in his insurance premium
A South Wales Police have confirmed they are investigating the incident in respect of both the vandalised cars.
Penarth police say “The damage is believed to have been caused in the early hours of Thursday, December 1, and we are appealing for anyone who saw any suspicious activity in the area or who has information about the incident to contact us via 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 quoting reference 1600463608.”