Yobs pour paint stripper on OAP’s car

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A MORPETH pensioner must fork out around £500 in repairs after vandals poured paint stripper over his car.

James Little, of West Greens, was alarmed to discover the damage at about 8.30am on Sunday, February 13, when he looked out of the window of his home.

It is not the first time his Ford Fiesta has been targeted as it was vandalised six times three years ago.

Then the attacks ranged from the car being marked with a screwdriver and tyres being punctured to the windscreen being smashed with a hammer and a word being etched into the bonnet. There was also another paint-stripping incident.

However, there had been no other damage until last weekend.

Mr Little said: “I went to bed at about 10pm on Saturday and I didn’t notice anything when I got up through the night at about 5am, but when I got up at 8.30am that is when I saw it.

“The car has never been touched for three years so I thought everything had settled down, but now it has come back again. It’s terrible.

“You can’t sleep because you are up three or four times looking out of the window, but that is a waste of time because it could happen at any time. I would like anyone with information about who is doing this to come forward and tell the police.”

Police are investigating the incident.

Morpeth Neighbourhood Inspector Alison Best said: “Officers attended the scene and made numerous initial inquiries, including a search of the area for discarded containers or anything that may contain a corrosive substance. House-to-house inquiries were also made.

“The investigation is on-going and I would urge anyone with information to contact police on 03456 043043.”