CCTV footage captures suspected car vandal in Wincanton
A FURIOUS Wincanton resident is urging the public to remain vigilant after her car was vandalised for the third time in nine months.
Jo Nye, of Mundays Mead, has lived in the town since 1995.
Despite facing no similar incidents in the previous 16 years, she claims to have now seen her parked car vandalised on three separate occasions since June 2012.
Mrs Nye says she has CCTV footage apparently showing an elderly man spraying a corrosive substance on her silver Toyota Yaris shortly before 7pm on Sunday.
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She has now warned the public to be on their guard.
She said: "My car has been vandalised three times in only nine months.
"The first time it happened was in June 2012, and then someone did it again over Christmas.
"It was most recently attacked on Sunday night. I thought it was likely to be a group of teenagers, but the footage shows that it appears to be an elderly man.
"It makes my blood boil. I am so angry.
"He sprayed the car with some sort of corrosive substance which has taken off a lot of the paintwork.
"I think it must have been some sort of a mix as it has bubbled the paintwork and is like a gel with a sweet smell."
According to Mrs Nye, the footage shows the suspect to be wearing a flat cap, padded Parka-type jacket, grey or dark trousers and smart shoes.
Mrs Nye, who lives with her husband and three teenage sons, reported the previous incidents, which have cost her thousands of pounds, to police. However, the identity of the vandals were not discovered.
She hopes her latest CCTV footage will assist police with their investigations.
"I invested in the new cameras just after Christmas. I hope that police will catch whoever did it. People need to be aware that this man is about," said Mrs Nye.
PC Andrew Brown, neighbourhood beat manager for the Wincanton area, appealed for members of the public to come forward with any information.
He said: "This is a very serious and appalling crime which has caused a lot of upset and distress to the victim.
"We are currently investigating the incident and I am optimistic we can identify the individual concerned."
Anyone with information should contact police at non-emergency number 101.