PIC: 'Phantom' car vandal who attacked vehicles for six months is unmasked by CCTV...

The Westmorland Gazette: Caught on CCTV: Jess takes a dislike to car tyres Caught on CCTV: Jess takes a dislike to car tyres

A PHANTOM vandal who plagued residents in a Cumbrian village for six months by puncturing the tyres on their cars has been unmasked - as a dog!

Residents installed CCTV to find out who was damaging the cars but it appears they were barking up the wrong tree as the footage has shown that the culprit is a local Border Collie called ‘Jess’.

Cumbria Police said Jess has been using her daily walk to bite the two nearside tyres of cars she comes across - causing slow punctures and flat tyres by morning.

PC Simon Amos, who solved the mystery, said many residents had been 'very upset' at the thought of someone targeting them and deliberately causing the damage.

But now it's a case of roger, rover and out for the police.

PC Amos said: "The dog had been seen approaching the cars and many believe that she was just sniffing at the tyres. It isn’t until you take a closer look, that you can see her biting the tyres.

“The owner has been contacted and has been very surprised and also apologetic about the whole situation. He will be now keeping Jess on a lead."

“We know that there may be other residents or visitors that may not have reported any damage to their tyres. We want to reassure them that the culprit has been identified and hopefully the damage will stop.”

The incidents happened in the Jocks Hill and The Sands area of Brampton near Carlisle.

MORE TOP STORIES:

 

 

 

Comments (1)

Please log in to enable comment sorting

2:23pm Thu 17 Apr 14

lauralouise90 says...

This is quite funny but it must be really frustrating for everyone who's had to replace their tyres.... I'm surprised they haven't tracked down the owner to demand payment.

Laura - http://www.atseuroma
ster.co.uk/cartyres.
htm
This is quite funny but it must be really frustrating for everyone who's had to replace their tyres.... I'm surprised they haven't tracked down the owner to demand payment. Laura - http://www.atseuroma ster.co.uk/cartyres. htm lauralouise90
  • Score: 0

Comments are closed on this article.

click2find

About cookies

We want you to enjoy your visit to our website. That's why we use cookies to enhance your experience. By staying on our website you agree to our use of cookies. Find out more about the cookies we use.

I agree