The Pocklington Post has joined forces with the town council to catch the rampaging tyre stabber who has attacked more than 100 vehicles.
Humberside Police have received 140 reports of vehicles having had tyres intentionally punctured with a sharp object over two nights in Pocklington. The offences have occurred all over the town, including London Street, Algarth Rise, The Oval and Southfield Road.
Police have released CCTV footage of a man they would like to speak to in connection with the incident. He is described as a white man with a slim to medium build and short dark hair which is balding on top. He may have been using a white van.
Pocklington Town Council has offered a £250 reward to the person who provides the police with information leading to the identification of the offender. The Pocklington Post will also give £100 to the person who provides information to the police that leads to the successful prosecution of the vandal.
Mark McFetridge, of London Street, was one of the victims of the crime spree. He said: “It made me feel awful. I had to pay £110 for two new tyres because they cannot fix them because the puncture is on the side of the tyre. A lot of people have had to take days off work. I’ve had to take a day off. Someone has caused thousands of pounds of damage on London Street alone.”
Rachel Gray-Bell, of London Street, and her husband have also had to replace two tyres on their car. Mrs Gray-Bell said: “My husband was a bit upset as it meant he couldn’t get to work. It makes us quite mad.”
Derek Marshall, of Victoria Road, was also a victim of the vandalism. He commented: “It is just malicious for anyone to do that. It has cost £79 to replace my tyre.”
Another victim was Tom Storey, of St Helen’s Avenue, said: “I wasn’t very happy but there’s not much I can do about it.”
Springfield Road resident Ann Moore has had two tyres punctured. She said: “I’m a pensioner, it’s an unwanted expense.
“My neighbour is a pensioner, he has had two tyres punctured.
“A lot of people on this road have been affected.”
Andrew Winn, who works at Peter Winn Tyres, on Garths End in Pocklington, estimated that the business had at least 70 vehicles in requiring new tyres last Thursday and Friday. He said “there was evidence of tyres being stabbed” on each vehicle.
The incidents happened overnight, Wednesday 2 to Thursday 3 September, and again Thursday 3 to Friday 4 September.
Most reports are from 8pm to 8am but enquiries have revealed a more specific time of 1am to 2.30am in some cases.
Inspector Jo York said: “I believe the man is local and knows the area well.
“There is already much talk about this around Pocklington and someone in
the town must know who this is, or know something about it. I would urge anyone who has information to come forward and share it with us so we can identify and locate the person causing this mindless vandalism that has affected so many residents in the town.”
Anyone with information should call 101 quoting crime number 196 of 3 September 2015 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.