Car crime appeal

Nicola Wilkinson from Pontefract. Her car is one of several that have been vandalised while dropping off or picking up children attending Cobblers Lane school, Pontefract.'p6867a145
Nicola Wilkinson from Pontefract. Her car is one of several that have been vandalised while dropping off or picking up children attending Cobblers Lane school, Pontefract.'p6867a145

AN OUTRAGED mum is calling for parents to report a vicious spate of car crime outside a Pontefract school.

Nicola Wilkinson, 27, is urging victims who had their cars keyed in a half hour scratching spree, to report the attacks to the police.

The mum-of-two is just one of at least five car owners who were the victims of vandalism outside Cobblers Lane Primary School last week.

Mrs Wilkinson said: “I want people to come forward to see how many more vehicles have been scratched. One parent said ‘oh it’s nothing’ but if they don’t report it the police won’t get anywhere with leads.

“At the end of the day, it’s our cars and we’re paying a lot of money for them. To rectify the scratch it would cost me £200.

“It’s quite a deep and sharp scratch, I think it’s been done with a knife or a screwdriver. My car’s my pride and joy and someone’s targeted me.”

Mrs Wilkinson said the damage to her car – which happened between 8.35am and 9.05am on Wednesday November 2 as she dropped her two children at school – was the length of a door panel and wasn’t the first incident of anti-social behaviour outside the school.

She said: “It was only a couple of months ago someone was going up and down the cars spitting on windows.

“Now this has happened. What’s it going to be next? A smashed window? Slashed tyres? You wouldn’t think you would get this outside a school, not in a million years.”

Karen Briggs, headteacher at the school, said she was shocked by the incidents and has issued a warning to parents.

She said: “We have contacted the police and sent a letter out to parents to make them aware of it and to be extra vigilant.

“It’s appalling that parents can’t park their cars outside and go back to them and find them safe.”

Pontefract and Knottingley neighbourhood policing team (NPT) are appealing for witnesses to the crimes.

A spokesman said: “Five vehicles were damaged on Tuesday, November 1 and Wednesday November 2 between 8.30am and 1pm each day, near the junior school.

“NPT officers are carrying out reassurance patrols in the local area and are working with the school to raise awareness with parents.”

Anyone who witnesses suspicious activity around vehicles in the area, or has any information, should contact the NPT on 01977 601045 or 0845 6060606.