Charity’s fleet of cars damaged by vandals

Shelly Ward next to the cars at the RVS which were damaged. (w601a501)
Shelly Ward next to the cars at the RVS which were damaged. (w601a501)

Vandals have damaged a charity’s fleet of cars, used to deliver hot meals to the elderly, in a wrecking spree.

The six Peugeot 207 vehicles, owned by the Royal Voluntary Service, were targeted in the early hours on Thursday, January 1.

Vandals stripped the bumpers and window wipers off the cars, which were parked outside the charity’s centre on Green Lane Industrial Estate, Featherstone.

The charity now faces a £1,350 bill to repair the cars.

Senior service assistant Shelly Ward said: “I am devastated. It was not my day to work and then I got a call telling me to come in right away.

“Seeing the damage was quite upsetting. It was so malicious to do damage like that.”

Police said the vandals got into the compound through a gate and targeted the vehicles.

RVS, which is open seven days a week, delivers meals to the elderly in Wakefield, Pontefract and South Elmsall.

Drivers employed by the charity have been forced to use their own vehicles as they struggle to met the demand.

Mrs Ward said: “It was important that we got out on Friday as people were expecting their meals but we now face a tough few weeks.”

Out of the six cars damaged, police have deemed four not roadworthy.

Mrs Ward said the insurance did not cover five of the vehicles so the charity must pay £1,350 for the repairs.

She said: “It is a huge amount of money for us and could have gone to other projects.

“If there are any businesses who can donate any items that we could raffle off then please call us on 01977 696840.”

Anyone with any information should contact police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.