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Pavement parkers targeted by vandals in Manchester as windows smashed and graffiti left on bonnets

Residents were left terrified after cars were vandalized and graffiti sprayed on their hoods in an overnight vandalism spree.

The footage reveals a chaotic scene, in Leigh, Greater Manchester, with car windows smashed, tires slashed and the word “move” spray-painted on the chassis.

At least three cars have been attacked by vandals overnight when an apparent parking line between residents turned ugly.

The damaged vehicles include a Ford, an Audi and a Nissan, and their owners are now forced to grapple with the prospect of shelling out hundreds of pounds for repairs amid a cost-of-living crisis.

Residents Left Terrified After Cars Were Vandalized And Graffiti Sprayed On Their Bonnets In An Overnight Vandalism Spree In Leigh, Greater Manchester.

Residents left terrified after cars were vandalized and graffiti sprayed on their bonnets in an overnight vandalism spree in Leigh, Greater Manchester.

At Least Three Cars Have Been Attacked By Vandals Overnight When An Apparent Parking Line Between Residents On Glover Street In Leigh Turned Ugly.

At Least Three Cars Have Been Attacked By Vandals Overnight When An Apparent Parking Line Between Residents On Glover Street In Leigh Turned Ugly.

At least three cars have been attacked by vandals overnight when an apparent parking line between residents on Glover Street in Leigh turned ugly.

Target Vehicles Include A Ford, An Audi And A Nissan (Above), And Their Owners Are Now Forced To Deal With The Prospect Of Shelling Out Hundreds Of Pounds For Repairs Amid A Cost-Of-Living Crisis.

Target Vehicles Include A Ford, An Audi And A Nissan (Above), And Their Owners Are Now Forced To Deal With The Prospect Of Shelling Out Hundreds Of Pounds For Repairs Amid A Cost-Of-Living Crisis.

Target vehicles include a Ford, an Audi and a Nissan (above), and their owners are now forced to deal with the prospect of shelling out hundreds of pounds for repairs amid a cost-of-living crisis.

Although the reason is unclear, it appears the attacker became frustrated with off-road parking.

The shocking incident sparked a furious debate among locals about the evils of “pavement parking”, with some suggesting that the cars were targeted because they were blocking pedestrian access to the nearby pavement.

Others have lashed out at the vandalism, describing it as an “appalling” backlash.

One online commenter said the way cars were parked meant buggies and wheelchairs couldn’t get through, calling it “not acceptable”.

One local said: ‘Unfortunately, many of our streets are not wide enough for the number of cars that park, so it is sometimes necessary to park partially on the pavement.

“I know and can understand how this is not good, but they should leave enough space for scooters and disabled strollers.”

Another joked that the vandal “clearly can’t spell” and they could barely make out the graffiti.

Greater Manchester Police were contacted for comment.

Hardly the first neighborhood dispute sparked by questionable parking.

Peter Escreet, who lives on Swinegate in Grantham, Lincolnshire, parked his wide car in the middle of a driveway leading to St Wulfram’s Church to prevent a “constant flow” of cars from damaging his home.

Peter Escreet, Who Lives On Swinegate In Grantham, Lincolnshire, Has Parked His Spacious Car In The Middle Of A Driveway Leading To St Wulfram'S Church, Much To The Anger Of The Villagers.

Peter Escreet, Who Lives On Swinegate In Grantham, Lincolnshire, Has Parked His Spacious Car In The Middle Of A Driveway Leading To St Wulfram'S Church, Much To The Anger Of The Villagers.

Peter Escreet, who lives on Swinegate in Grantham, Lincolnshire, has parked his spacious car in the middle of a driveway leading to St Wulfram’s Church, much to the anger of the villagers.

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1670244141 283 Pavement Parkers Targeted By Vandals In Manchester As Windows Smashed

He said he had no problem with the church holding functions and events, but that frequent passing traffic was causing “ongoing damage” to both his home and on the road.

He said he had no problem with the church holding functions and events, but that frequent passing traffic was causing “ongoing damage” to both his home and the road itself.

He said: ‘The house was hit, a car rolled over the step and broke it, it hit the flower pot, it hit the post, it hit the side of the wall, it hit the corner of the walls.

‘There has only been ongoing damage to the house and flagstones. I have paid to have three repaired and they cost £300 each.

Escreet, 39, said the incident that triggered it was a van driver allegedly lying to him about not hitting his house, despite security camera evidence and scratches on his van.

And earlier this year, a wealthy market town retiree was dubbed “gangster granny” after she was accused of stealing vehicles on a historic main street.

Pauline Wallin, 68, is alleged to have waged war on drivers who park without permits to access shops, cafes and pubs in leafy Kenilworth, Warwickshire.

Staff at a physiotherapy clinic told police a £40,000 Audi belonging to their manager was scratched in March, causing around £550 worth of damage.

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