Police are warning people about the potential dangers of damaging patrol cars after an officer in Swindon had her vehicle’s tyres cut.
PC Rachel Barnett attended the youth club in Marlowe Avenue, Walcot, to spend time with the young people there at around 7.20pm on Thursday 31 March 2016.
Her car was parked at the front of the building in the car park and when she left at 8.10pm she realised she had a flat tyre.
Two residents in George Selman Gardens kindly assisted with changing the tyre, and on closer investigation it appeared the tyre had been cut with a blade or other sharp instrument.
Inspector Barry Reed said: “It was incredibly lucky that PC Barnett did not have to respond to an emergency call during this time, as that could have had disastrous consequences.
“I want to remind people of the potential dangers of these types of actions. Patrol cars have to be ready to respond to emergency calls at all times, and either not having that vehicle available, or driving at high speeds with a damaged tyre, could prove very dangerous.”
Officers are examining CCTV footage of the incident, and if anyone has any information they are asked to contact PC Barnett at Gablecross Police Station on 101. Alternatively they can phone Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 where information can be left anonymously.