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Elderly man camps in his car to catch vandals
11:30am Tuesday 12th February 2013 in Local News
AN ELDERLY man has resorted to camping out in his car - after it was repeatedly targeted by vandals.
The victim is at the end of his tether with the yobs who have left a huge dent in his roof, smashed a light and damaged his numberplate.
He has now mounted a 24-hour vigil in Holland Road, Westcliff, to try and catch those responsible red-handed.
He has been braving freezing temperatures and supportive neighbours have been bringing him cups of tea.
Neighbours have been speculating that the attack was motivated by road-rage caused by parking issues in the area.
Cheryl Hindle-Terry, Southend Council’s team leader for the parking, traffic management and road safety team, said: “We are not considering any parking changes in this location. We consulted residents in a large area around Westcliff Station and seafront during 2011 and received a low response.
“Out of the responses we did receive, we did not have a majority in favour of any parking controls.”
Police confirmed that they had received two reports of criminal damage, with the latest being overnight on January 16,and are investigating.
Anyone with information should call Southend police on 101
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