Vandals slash car tyres

CEX employee Christi Florian had to replace two damaged tyres.
CEX employee Christi Florian had to replace two damaged tyres. Frank Redward

ANGRY workers and shoppers returned to their cars in the Castle Street car park on Wednesday evening to find vandals had slashed their tyres.

The senseless attacks, noticed around 6pm, caused damage to several vehicles on the car park’s upper levels.

Workers in the city centre were left fuming finding they had become victims of the heartless and callous vandals as they headed for home.

Some only discovered their tyres had been punctured when their wheels deflated as they drove from the car park.

Gail Goffett from St George Bank said one of her damaged tyres had five puncture marks in it, while the other was slashed three times.

“You work hard to pay the bills and someone goes to all this trouble just to put out honest hard-working people, it’s just disappointing,” Ms Goffett said.

“My tyres were virtually new, three months old.

“I heard that six or so cars had tyres slashed in the all-day parking spots of the car park and I’m told another person parked on the top levels of the Woolworths car park also had a window smashed.”

Christi Florian, who works at CEX, had to replace two damaged tyres on his Nissan X-Trail after returning to his vehicle.

“It makes you wonder what frame of mind someone must have been in to do something like this, it’s very frustrating,” Mr Florian said.

“Not only is it a big inconvenience, but I’m now going to have to fork out for two new tyres. It’s an unnecessary cost to have to pay.”

Local company AA Budget Tyres responded and conducted repairs at the scene.

The incident has been reported to police for investigation.

Anyone who saw youths acting suspiciously in the car park is urged to contact Coffs Harbour police on 66 52 0299.

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