Family’s plea to vandals who have targeted cars

This Is Wiltshire: Lesley Gardner is angry with the repeated vandalism to her cars outside her home in Ashton Keynes Lesley Gardner is angry with the repeated vandalism to her cars outside her home in Ashton Keynes

A COUPLE have pleaded with vandals who have repeatedly damaged their cars over the last year to stop as neighbourhood police begin to investigate.

Lesley and Alan Gardner, of Church Walk, Ashton Keynes, have lived at their home since inheriting it from a relative almost two years ago.

But quiet village life has been ruined by someone bent on vandalising their vehicles when they are parked on public land near to their home, Co-op worker Lesley said.

Most recently their Saab 93 was keyed during the day on Monday, while their Honda Jazz was scratched and gouged overnight from June 28-29, which Lesley said will cost the couple more than £1,500 to repair.

“I’m so fed up with it,” the 52-year-old said.

“It’s not an isolated incident, it’s been happening for about a year and the thing is it just seems we are being targeted.

“We have had three cars since we’ve been here and they’ve all been vandalised.

“We had to pay £700 for the Rover, which we no longer have any more, and then the Jazz got keyed.

“Then on Monday my husband went out and when he came back the Saab had scratches on it – they must have done it in broad daylight.

“We have a neighbour who said we are not allowed to park there but I called the police out after the incident last week and they said it was a public highway and it was fine.

“We just want to know who is doing it and for it to stop. I don’t understand why anyone would want to do this to us, it’s not like we have wild parties and make loads of noise.

“The police suggested getting surveillance cameras, but am I going to have to live in Fort Knox before I can park my car? I wish we could move but we cannot afford to as we inherited the house.”

A Wiltshire Police spokesman said: “Between 28th and 29th June we were informed of damage to a Honda Jazz car in Church Walk, Ashton Keynes. On July 9 we had a report of damage to a Saab also in Church Walk, Ashton Keynes.

“We are making enquiries and if anybody has any information or saw anybody acting suspiciously in the area please call Wiltshire Police on 101.”

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7:56pm Wed 11 Jul 12

Worked Hard says...

Park cars where you can see them????
ummm Neighbour who commented on not being allowed to park there.... Im not a police man but............
Park cars where you can see them???? ummm Neighbour who commented on not being allowed to park there.... Im not a police man but............ Worked Hard
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8:38pm Wed 11 Jul 12

Amberflame says...

Worked Hard wrote:
Park cars where you can see them????
ummm Neighbour who commented on not being allowed to park there.... Im not a police man but............
Yes, i agree with what you are not saying!!!
[quote][p][bold]Worked Hard[/bold] wrote: Park cars where you can see them???? ummm Neighbour who commented on not being allowed to park there.... Im not a police man but............[/p][/quote]Yes, i agree with what you are not saying!!! Amberflame
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12:24am Thu 12 Jul 12

greenpacer says...

As long as they are not part parked on a pavement,on a verge ,on the corner of a junction or part blocking someone's drive then you are legally parked.
As long as they are not part parked on a pavement,on a verge ,on the corner of a junction or part blocking someone's drive then you are legally parked. greenpacer
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2:06am Thu 12 Jul 12

SomeoneWhoIsntMe says...

£1500 to repair a honda jazz? those things are sh**!
£1500 to repair a honda jazz? those things are sh**! SomeoneWhoIsntMe
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8:44am Thu 12 Jul 12

Always Grumpy says...

SomeoneWhoIsntMe wrote:
£1500 to repair a honda jazz? those things are sh**!
Your statement seems to be at odds with all the motoring magazines!
No doubt you're more than happy with your Lada then?
[quote][p][bold]SomeoneWhoIsntMe[/bold] wrote: £1500 to repair a honda jazz? those things are sh**![/p][/quote]Your statement seems to be at odds with all the motoring magazines! No doubt you're more than happy with your Lada then? Always Grumpy
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1:00pm Thu 12 Jul 12

weejimmycrankee says...

"I wish we could move but we cannot afford to as we inherited the house.”

So that'll be 100% equity then on a house in a quaint Cotswold location? Surely enough to buy another house outright elsewhere?

Have they tried parking their cars elsewhere?
"I wish we could move but we cannot afford to as we inherited the house.” So that'll be 100% equity then on a house in a quaint Cotswold location? Surely enough to buy another house outright elsewhere? Have they tried parking their cars elsewhere? weejimmycrankee
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2:01pm Thu 12 Jul 12

Mystery Mike says...

judging by the picture, she doesn't seem too upset my it. Looks like she's just having a bit of a rest on her car.
judging by the picture, she doesn't seem too upset my it. Looks like she's just having a bit of a rest on her car. Mystery Mike
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4:33pm Thu 12 Jul 12

A.Baron-Cohen says...

I certainly won't visit Ashton Keynes and risk my car being vandalised.
What an awful place to live.
I certainly won't visit Ashton Keynes and risk my car being vandalised. What an awful place to live. A.Baron-Cohen
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11:03pm Fri 13 Jul 12

slushpup says...

Ashton Keynes is one of the nicest places in the cotswolds with a very very low crime rate.

It seems like they have repetitive vandalism to their vehicles, as if they have upset somebody.

I dont believe for one sec that the cost to repair would be £1500.00 unless their excess if sky high!. I would also say they must be pretty well off considering they have inherited a Cotswold home in an affluent area!, probably sold their previous home and cashed in if they don't like it they should move, sell up and find somewhere that they are happy living!.

I dont agree with what has happened but i for one would of moved if this kept on happening to me!.
Ashton Keynes is one of the nicest places in the cotswolds with a very very low crime rate. It seems like they have repetitive vandalism to their vehicles, as if they have upset somebody. I dont believe for one sec that the cost to repair would be £1500.00 unless their excess if sky high!. I would also say they must be pretty well off considering they have inherited a Cotswold home in an affluent area!, probably sold their previous home and cashed in if they don't like it they should move, sell up and find somewhere that they are happy living!. I dont agree with what has happened but i for one would of moved if this kept on happening to me!. slushpup
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2:16pm Fri 20 Jul 12

Allergy says...

It couldn't happen to a more deserving person, aint life a **** !
It couldn't happen to a more deserving person, aint life a **** ! Allergy
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