Vandals throw paint stripper over cars

Echo: Paul Cutting with councillors Steven Cole and Ray Howard Paul Cutting with councillors Steven Cole and Ray Howard

PAINT stripper has been thrown over cars on Canvey, causing thousands of pounds of damage.

Yobs targeted five cars with the substance in a late-night attack in Hawkesbury Road, leaving several needing expensive bodywork repairs.

One owner says he will have to replace all five panels down one side of his Audi.

He blamed the vandalism on the county council’s cost-cutting streetlight switch-off.

The lights have been switched off between midnight and 5am in Castle Point since the middle of January.

Paul Cutting, 65, has lived in HawkesburyRoad for more than a decade.

He said: “I am furious. At least four panels on my car need replacing and the car is only 18 months old. I was quoted £1,200, but I am not paying that much.

“I am sure this is down to the pitch-black conditions of the streets.

“I have CCTV outside my house, but it has been unable to pick anything up as it is so dark.

“I am installing infra-red sensors in the car at the moment, but I shouldn’t have to do that.”

Neighbour Sarah Billins, 40, said her Toyota Aygo had been damaged, but didn’t know how much it would cost to repair.

She said: “I went outside, but at first I didn’t know what had happened to the car.

“I thought it had marks on it, but when I looked closer the paint had been stripped off. It is a disgrace.

“The lights going off can’t have helped the situation. This road is black, so vandals will be more likely to target them.”

Steven Cole, Canvey Independent councillor for Winter Garden ward, said it was a despicable act.

He added: “It really is unbelievable what goes through some people’s minds.

“People should be able to park their cars outside their homes without seeing them damaged in this way.”

A police spokesman confirmed one person had reported vandalism.

He said: “Police are appealing for information after an Audi estate car was damaged.

“It is believed it had paint stripper thrown over it between 6pm on Tuesday and 10.30am on Wednesday.

“Anyone with information is asked to contact the police on 101, or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.”

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6:14am Mon 28 Apr 14

Keptquiettillnow says...

Good parking in the picture.
Good parking in the picture. Keptquiettillnow
  • Score: 5

6:24am Mon 28 Apr 14

Nowthatsworthknowing says...

Garage ? get outside lights ? get a cheap car ?
Garage ? get outside lights ? get a cheap car ? Nowthatsworthknowing
  • Score: -39

6:37am Mon 28 Apr 14

carnmountyouknowitmakessense says...

Probably a parking feud
Probably a parking feud carnmountyouknowitmakessense
  • Score: -16

7:13am Mon 28 Apr 14

sesibollox says...

Road rage after market act ?
Road rage after market act ? sesibollox
  • Score: -12

7:23am Mon 28 Apr 14

CarnMountification says...

The result of someone giving it the large, looks like they have enjoyed their sweet revenge, probably a neighbour, who will enjoy the view, as he walks past...
The result of someone giving it the large, looks like they have enjoyed their sweet revenge, probably a neighbour, who will enjoy the view, as he walks past... CarnMountification
  • Score: -13

7:23am Mon 28 Apr 14

beejiu says...

Parking on a beautiful green verge, and leaving it in a dead, muddied state is also vandalism.
Parking on a beautiful green verge, and leaving it in a dead, muddied state is also vandalism. beejiu
  • Score: 29

7:26am Mon 28 Apr 14

CarnMountification says...

beejiu wrote:
Parking on a beautiful green verge, and leaving it in a dead, muddied state is also vandalism.
Needs a parking ticket now, the photo is the evidence....
[quote][p][bold]beejiu[/bold] wrote: Parking on a beautiful green verge, and leaving it in a dead, muddied state is also vandalism.[/p][/quote]Needs a parking ticket now, the photo is the evidence.... CarnMountification
  • Score: 13

7:26am Mon 28 Apr 14

DogsMessInLeigh says...

Keptquiettillnow wrote:
Good parking in the picture.
yes, no wonder the grass verges are messed up, in Southend its a £100 fine, not sure about Castle Point, but i reckon NO £100 fines are ever given out, SBC could make £50000 in 1 day if they wanted to, drive down any street in the area and theres always vehicles parked like the one above.
And i find it hard to believe that the chap will have to spend £1200 for repairs, i would contact the insurance company thats what they are there for.
[quote][p][bold]Keptquiettillnow[/bold] wrote: Good parking in the picture.[/p][/quote]yes, no wonder the grass verges are messed up, in Southend its a £100 fine, not sure about Castle Point, but i reckon NO £100 fines are ever given out, SBC could make £50000 in 1 day if they wanted to, drive down any street in the area and theres always vehicles parked like the one above. And i find it hard to believe that the chap will have to spend £1200 for repairs, i would contact the insurance company thats what they are there for. DogsMessInLeigh
  • Score: 13

11:42am Mon 28 Apr 14

Howard Cháse says...

Replace all five panels?


Does he mean repaint?
Replace all five panels? Does he mean repaint? Howard Cháse
  • Score: 12

11:47am Mon 28 Apr 14

Chris Flunk says...

How do you have 5 panels down one side of a car? Front wing, rear wing, driver's door, passenger door and what else? Unless it's a 6 door stretch Audi.
How do you have 5 panels down one side of a car? Front wing, rear wing, driver's door, passenger door and what else? Unless it's a 6 door stretch Audi. Chris Flunk
  • Score: 9

11:56am Mon 28 Apr 14

Adrenaline_Junkie says...

To be honest there is hardly anything there. That little white mark actually makes it look good.
To be honest there is hardly anything there. That little white mark actually makes it look good. Adrenaline_Junkie
  • Score: 1

12:50pm Mon 28 Apr 14

poortaxpayer says...

I had to laugh when I saw Conservative Essex County Councillor Ray Howard getting in on the photo opportunity. I laugh, not at the plight of the car owners, but that Councillor Howard voted for the budget that cut street lights and now poses with victims of crime who blame the switching off of the street lights.

Perhaps Councillor Howard should explain why the switching off of street lights was a good idea to the residents of the vandalised cars?
I had to laugh when I saw Conservative Essex County Councillor Ray Howard getting in on the photo opportunity. I laugh, not at the plight of the car owners, but that Councillor Howard voted for the budget that cut street lights and now poses with victims of crime who blame the switching off of the street lights. Perhaps Councillor Howard should explain why the switching off of street lights was a good idea to the residents of the vandalised cars? poortaxpayer
  • Score: 18

3:43pm Mon 28 Apr 14

Steve H says...

I agree with some of the above comments, perhaps it was a neighbour, fed up with the grass verges being ruined because of Mr Selfish?
I agree with some of the above comments, perhaps it was a neighbour, fed up with the grass verges being ruined because of Mr Selfish? Steve H
  • Score: 9

4:21pm Mon 28 Apr 14

Claude B says...

poortaxpayer wrote:
I had to laugh when I saw Conservative Essex County Councillor Ray Howard getting in on the photo opportunity. I laugh, not at the plight of the car owners, but that Councillor Howard voted for the budget that cut street lights and now poses with victims of crime who blame the switching off of the street lights.

Perhaps Councillor Howard should explain why the switching off of street lights was a good idea to the residents of the vandalised cars?
Yet the idiotic inhabitants of Canvey vote for this man year in, year out....

As an aside, how many decades have the islanders been waiting on a third road off Canvey? Just don't vote for him again.....
[quote][p][bold]poortaxpayer[/bold] wrote: I had to laugh when I saw Conservative Essex County Councillor Ray Howard getting in on the photo opportunity. I laugh, not at the plight of the car owners, but that Councillor Howard voted for the budget that cut street lights and now poses with victims of crime who blame the switching off of the street lights. Perhaps Councillor Howard should explain why the switching off of street lights was a good idea to the residents of the vandalised cars?[/p][/quote]Yet the idiotic inhabitants of Canvey vote for this man year in, year out.... As an aside, how many decades have the islanders been waiting on a third road off Canvey? Just don't vote for him again..... Claude B
  • Score: 2

4:41pm Mon 28 Apr 14

DogsMessInLeigh says...

poortaxpayer wrote:
I had to laugh when I saw Conservative Essex County Councillor Ray Howard getting in on the photo opportunity. I laugh, not at the plight of the car owners, but that Councillor Howard voted for the budget that cut street lights and now poses with victims of crime who blame the switching off of the street lights.

Perhaps Councillor Howard should explain why the switching off of street lights was a good idea to the residents of the vandalised cars?
Good one so no wonder Mr Cutting looks unhappy after The Councillor turned up.

But this might not have happened in darkness, as the story goes....

“It is believed it had paint stripper thrown over it between 6pm on Tuesday and 10.30am on Wednesday.
[quote][p][bold]poortaxpayer[/bold] wrote: I had to laugh when I saw Conservative Essex County Councillor Ray Howard getting in on the photo opportunity. I laugh, not at the plight of the car owners, but that Councillor Howard voted for the budget that cut street lights and now poses with victims of crime who blame the switching off of the street lights. Perhaps Councillor Howard should explain why the switching off of street lights was a good idea to the residents of the vandalised cars?[/p][/quote]Good one so no wonder Mr Cutting looks unhappy after The Councillor turned up. But this might not have happened in darkness, as the story goes.... “It is believed it had paint stripper thrown over it between 6pm on Tuesday and 10.30am on Wednesday. DogsMessInLeigh
  • Score: 10

6:01pm Mon 28 Apr 14

danger2013 says...

Could of been worse they could of burnt his house down or thrown paint stripper of him. Always think of the positives.
Could of been worse they could of burnt his house down or thrown paint stripper of him. Always think of the positives. danger2013
  • Score: 0

7:27pm Mon 28 Apr 14

the25man says...

Brake fluid is better than paint stripper.
Being parked on the grass verge with double yellows he should be given a ticket
Brake fluid is better than paint stripper. Being parked on the grass verge with double yellows he should be given a ticket the25man
  • Score: 3

7:27pm Mon 28 Apr 14

the25man says...

Brake fluid is better than paint stripper.
Being parked on the grass verge with double yellows he should be given a ticket
Brake fluid is better than paint stripper. Being parked on the grass verge with double yellows he should be given a ticket the25man
  • Score: 1

10:59am Tue 29 Apr 14

TrevorO says...

Keptquiettillnow wrote:
Good parking in the picture.
The parking is illegal - but middle class people are exempt from the law, and also two councillors are there - hence double exemption.
[quote][p][bold]Keptquiettillnow[/bold] wrote: Good parking in the picture.[/p][/quote]The parking is illegal - but middle class people are exempt from the law, and also two councillors are there - hence double exemption. TrevorO
  • Score: 2

11:02am Tue 29 Apr 14

TrevorO says...

Our hearts and minds are with the Middle Class. Their BMW's and Audi's should be fully protected.This crime could mean they have to cut back on their investments next week.

We need more police constables on the beat. If need be, we need more public debt to ensure their cars are protected.
Our hearts and minds are with the Middle Class. Their BMW's and Audi's should be fully protected.This crime could mean they have to cut back on their investments next week. We need more police constables on the beat. If need be, we need more public debt to ensure their cars are protected. TrevorO
  • Score: 0

12:44pm Tue 29 Apr 14

iknowbetter says...

TrevorO wrote:
Keptquiettillnow wrote:
Good parking in the picture.
The parking is illegal - but middle class people are exempt from the law, and also two councillors are there - hence double exemption.
There you have it the green eyed monster is out, just because someone can afford a BMW or Audi due to hard work and graft they are to blame for the vandalism to their property. What a wonderful society we live in.
[quote][p][bold]TrevorO[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Keptquiettillnow[/bold] wrote: Good parking in the picture.[/p][/quote]The parking is illegal - but middle class people are exempt from the law, and also two councillors are there - hence double exemption.[/p][/quote]There you have it the green eyed monster is out, just because someone can afford a BMW or Audi due to hard work and graft they are to blame for the vandalism to their property. What a wonderful society we live in. iknowbetter
  • Score: -2

8:27pm Tue 29 Apr 14

EssexPerson says...

Street lights being turned off didn't cause the damage, the morons who threw the substance on did. They left home/or went shopping with the full intention of doing this.
If this had happened last year it would have been blamed on budget cuts.
People who have undeveloped minds and think it is ok to damage property and act like morons don't need a reason to do this, they are just a waste of skin and a scurge on society.
Street lights being turned off didn't cause the damage, the morons who threw the substance on did. They left home/or went shopping with the full intention of doing this. If this had happened last year it would have been blamed on budget cuts. People who have undeveloped minds and think it is ok to damage property and act like morons don't need a reason to do this, they are just a waste of skin and a scurge on society. EssexPerson
  • Score: 4

7:53am Wed 30 Apr 14

sesibollox says...

TrevorO wrote:
Keptquiettillnow wrote:
Good parking in the picture.
The parking is illegal - but middle class people are exempt from the law, and also two councillors are there - hence double exemption.
Middle class would know Canvey from Mars, and looking at the tattooed oik, pictured, he is oh so capable ..
[quote][p][bold]TrevorO[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Keptquiettillnow[/bold] wrote: Good parking in the picture.[/p][/quote]The parking is illegal - but middle class people are exempt from the law, and also two councillors are there - hence double exemption.[/p][/quote]Middle class would know Canvey from Mars, and looking at the tattooed oik, pictured, he is oh so capable .. sesibollox
  • Score: 0

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