Vandals target charity’s fleet of cars

Shelly Ward and the damaged cars. (w601a501)
Shelly Ward and the damaged cars. (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 vehicles, which were parked outside the charity’s centre on Green Lane Industrial Estate, Featherstone.

The charity, which delivers all over the district, now faces a £1,350 bill to repair the cars.

Senior service assistant Shelly Ward said: “I am devastated. 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 cars.

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 five cars were not covered by the insurance so the charity must pay the repair bill.

She said: “It’s 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.”

Call police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.