DEVASTATED residents have been left hundreds of pounds out of pocket after a spate of car vandalism.
The damage, which took place on Carlines Avenue, Ewloe, over the weekend saw a string of vehicles have their tyres slashed and bodywork damaged.
The vandalism is thought to have happened between Friday night and Sunday morning.
A North Wales Police spokesman said the force is treating the incidents as related and have said “positive action” will be taken to help stamp out the vandalism.
Builder Andy Foster, 47, who woke up on Saturday morning to discover two tyres on his van had been slashed, said in total the damage has cost him about £1,000.
“It’s unbelievable,” he said.
“I think they have used a knife because it’s gone straight through.”
Mr Foster said he has lost work due to the damage.
His partner, Kirstie Truman, 44, described the act as “mindless vandalism”.
“We reported it to the police,” she said.
“We can’t have this.
“At the end of the day we can’t afford to repair two tyres.
“We took the tyres off and it definitely looked like stab marks.
“They were obviously carrying something really, really sharp, which is quite worrying as well.”
Further down the road 24-year-old Becky Newman had all four tyres on her blue Peugeot 107 slashed on Friday night.
“I just don’t understand why they would do this,” she said.
“The neighbours noticed it on Saturday and came over to tell me.
“I was devastated.
“I don’t really have the money to get them fixed.”
Her sister Natasha Newman, 21, said her partner Scott Ashton’s car was scratched the following night.
She said the black Corsa, which she described as his pride and joy, was going to cost up to £250 to repair”.
The sisters said that following the incidents they have bought CCTV for their home.
A red Renault Laguna also had one tyre slashed between Friday night and Saturday morning.
Sgt Sue Richards, of North Wales Police, has urged residents to remain vigilant and to report anything suspicious.
“We will be increasing our patrols in the area and I would ask residents to keep their vehicles in garages or off the road,” she added.
“If we do catch anyone with any instruments that could be used to damage a vehicle we will be taking positive action.”
Anyone with information is asked to call North Wales Police on 10 1 or alternatively Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.