Driven to despair by bumper theft

Furious – Tom Ross says Fiesta owners are targets

Furious – Tom Ross says Fiesta owners are targets

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A CAR owner has been left baffled and furious after raiders stole the front bumper and grille from his car.

Tom Ross, 22, of Oak Grange Drive, Southend, may have to fork out hundreds of pounds to replace bodywork on his silver Ford Fiesta after “professional” thieves unscrewed the bumper in the middle of the night.

Mr Ross said neither he nor his parents, who sleep at the front of the house with their windows open, heard a thing as thieves got to work through the night and into Sunday morning.

Mr Ross now can’t drive the vehicle as it is illegal to do so. He said: “When I saw what had happened, I could have ripped someone’s head off, I was so angry.

“They unscrewed the bumper professionally, took some of the lights off, unclipped it and just took it off. They haven’t ripped or smashed it off. The rest of the car is fine.

“It’s baffling. I can’t understand why they would take just the front of my car. None of the windows has been touched and nothing has been taken from inside.”

Mr Ross’s mechanic estimated the work would cost about £1,200, but his insurers will only pay if the cost is less than what the car is worth, and it is yet to be valued.

After researching the theft on the internet, Mr Ross found Fiesta owners nationwide were being targeted for their bumpers.

He added: “My mechanic said he remembers it happening three years ago and I heard someone in Rayleigh had their bumper stolen about six months ago. “I’m really annoyed.”

A police scenes of crime team dusted for fingerprints.

Anyone with information about the theft, which took place between 8.30pm on May 24 and 9.15am on May 25, should call Southend police on 101.

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7:30am Thu 29 May 14

arram says...

I know how he feels...I used to have Saab 900...my wheel trims were forever being stolen..in the end I had to use plastic strips and attach them to the main wheel
I know how he feels...I used to have Saab 900...my wheel trims were forever being stolen..in the end I had to use plastic strips and attach them to the main wheel arram
  • Score: 7

7:54am Thu 29 May 14

pembury53 says...

"it's baffling" ...... not really, someone obviously needed a fiesta front bumper
"it's baffling" ...... not really, someone obviously needed a fiesta front bumper pembury53
  • Score: 13

8:00am Thu 29 May 14

Robin Reliant says...

Check ebay, front bumpers start from around £30 up, check Breakers yards will even get a matching colour well under £100 complete, so not sure where the £1200 comes into it, the mechanic must be on something.
Check ebay, front bumpers start from around £30 up, check Breakers yards will even get a matching colour well under £100 complete, so not sure where the £1200 comes into it, the mechanic must be on something. Robin Reliant
  • Score: 26

8:15am Thu 29 May 14

Nowthatsworthknowing says...

Time to get your self a man's car, those girly one's just don't hack it.
Time to get your self a man's car, those girly one's just don't hack it. Nowthatsworthknowing
  • Score: -21

9:50am Thu 29 May 14

bazza 1 says...

Lots of cars now have complete front end panels that are very easily removed, and are held on by a couple of bolts or clips. An acquaintance of mine had the same thing happen to a little Fiat. The garage given the job to repair the car, said it was quite a common type of theft, involving the removal of only a couple of clips, and thieves target the cars by colour and demand. Supplying dishonest people with parts for their crash damaged cars.
Lots of cars now have complete front end panels that are very easily removed, and are held on by a couple of bolts or clips. An acquaintance of mine had the same thing happen to a little Fiat. The garage given the job to repair the car, said it was quite a common type of theft, involving the removal of only a couple of clips, and thieves target the cars by colour and demand. Supplying dishonest people with parts for their crash damaged cars. bazza 1
  • Score: 10

10:57am Thu 29 May 14

Howezy says...

My sons ford fiesta zetec s front bumper was stolen on Saturday 24th May in Wickford Police aware costing about £600 to replace new. Tried loads of car breakers none in stock.
My sons ford fiesta zetec s front bumper was stolen on Saturday 24th May in Wickford Police aware costing about £600 to replace new. Tried loads of car breakers none in stock. Howezy
  • Score: 7

3:15pm Thu 29 May 14

BasildonDond says...

Who gives a fuuck - Not Me wrote:
He probably crashed it when he was drunk, and is using the media to cover up the crash by saying he had the front of his car stolen. Not a bad idea anyway.
Not everybodys a knob like you
[quote][p][bold]Who gives a fuuck - Not Me[/bold] wrote: He probably crashed it when he was drunk, and is using the media to cover up the crash by saying he had the front of his car stolen. Not a bad idea anyway.[/p][/quote]Not everybodys a knob like you BasildonDond
  • Score: 28

4:00pm Thu 29 May 14

Bernard Fatsack says...

Fit Bull bars and cow horns like Boss Hog had.....
Fit Bull bars and cow horns like Boss Hog had..... Bernard Fatsack
  • Score: 0

4:44pm Thu 29 May 14

MilesBond says...

Nick someone else's. This is why someone nicked yours. Eventually we'll end up back at the first victim.
Nick someone else's. This is why someone nicked yours. Eventually we'll end up back at the first victim. MilesBond
  • Score: -6

6:28pm Thu 29 May 14

BasildonDond says...

Im back again! (Mr dont give a fuuck) Mr Echo cant ban me!! wrote:
BasildonDond wrote:
Who gives a fuuck - Not Me wrote:
He probably crashed it when he was drunk, and is using the media to cover up the crash by saying he had the front of his car stolen. Not a bad idea anyway.
Not everybodys a knob like you
Basildon Dond, The name says it all. You must be a knob.
Wow, that's the best sentence you've strung together on this site. Show your teacher, he'll be impressed I'm sure
[quote][p][bold]Im back again! (Mr dont give a fuuck) Mr Echo cant ban me!![/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]BasildonDond[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Who gives a fuuck - Not Me[/bold] wrote: He probably crashed it when he was drunk, and is using the media to cover up the crash by saying he had the front of his car stolen. Not a bad idea anyway.[/p][/quote]Not everybodys a knob like you[/p][/quote]Basildon Dond, The name says it all. You must be a knob.[/p][/quote]Wow, that's the best sentence you've strung together on this site. Show your teacher, he'll be impressed I'm sure BasildonDond
  • Score: 16

7:41pm Thu 29 May 14

streete says...

Howezy wrote:
My sons ford fiesta zetec s front bumper was stolen on Saturday 24th May in Wickford Police aware costing about £600 to replace new. Tried loads of car breakers none in stock.
Happened to my son about 4 yrs ago in London.Took car to Fords and they told me they were locking up their S's of a night because of theft of parts.Your sons bumper probably ended up on Ebay my sons did phoned the Police but they didn't want to know.
[quote][p][bold]Howezy[/bold] wrote: My sons ford fiesta zetec s front bumper was stolen on Saturday 24th May in Wickford Police aware costing about £600 to replace new. Tried loads of car breakers none in stock.[/p][/quote]Happened to my son about 4 yrs ago in London.Took car to Fords and they told me they were locking up their S's of a night because of theft of parts.Your sons bumper probably ended up on Ebay my sons did phoned the Police but they didn't want to know. streete
  • Score: 5

8:35pm Thu 29 May 14

sesibollox says...

Nowthatsworthknowing wrote:
Time to get your self a man's car, those girly one's just don't hack it.
PMSL
[quote][p][bold]Nowthatsworthknowing[/bold] wrote: Time to get your self a man's car, those girly one's just don't hack it.[/p][/quote]PMSL sesibollox
  • Score: -3

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