PENARTH POLICE HUNT VANDAL WHO THREW PAINT OVER £35,000 MERCEDES

There was more than just early morning ice on this Mercedes SLK parked in Penarth - a pot of paint had been thrown over it

There was more than just early morning ice on this Mercedes SLK parked in Penarth – a pot of paint had been thrown over it

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 paint also blocked the air vents and fouled the windscreen wipers of the Mercedes

The paint also blocked the air vents and fouled the windscreen wipers of the Mercedes

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.”

Attempts to remove the still-wet paint Adams car - and that of his friend - parked behind - were unsuccessful. The car had to be recovered by a breakdown truck .

Attempts to remove the still-wet paint Adam’s car – and that of his friend – parked behind – were unsuccessful. The car had to be recovered by a breakdown truck .

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.”

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8 Responses to PENARTH POLICE HUNT VANDAL WHO THREW PAINT OVER £35,000 MERCEDES

  1. Ivor Bagman says:

    I wonder if there
    Was a skip nearby
    And drunks cavorting
    After throwing their
    Empty glasses in my garden.

  2. sjleworthy says:

    I never understand a word you say Ivor

  3. Peter Church says:

    There is more to this story than meets the eye!

  4. If only there had been a CCTV camera nearby !, like the ones we have in the town centre , but of course none those are working!, another good use of the publics money. I saw the Police last night as they whizzed by in a big van all nice and cosy against the nasty weather if I had blinked I would never have seen them. You can imagine the scene in the Police station , “right lads go and give it a whirl in the van , ill put the kettle on shouldn’t take you more than 5 or 10 minutes”. Makes one feel all safe and warm inside. Not seen any PSCOs on patrol for weeks , but then again the weathers not nice , oh I tell a lie there were 4 seen when the Xmas lights were switched on , so one felt safe amongst all those menacing children .

  5. Ford Prefect says:

    What about the vandal who knowingly drives around a machine that spews death out of its exhaust?

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