By Katherine Clarkson
A radical gang of environmental activists is being hunted by police after a series of tyres-slashing attacks on 4×4 vehicles.
And a note has been left of each vehicle saying they were targeted because “they contribute to climate change”.
A total of 31 cars have had their tyres slashed or let down during two attacks which have taken place in south Manchester in the last month.
On both occasions notes were left on the 4x4s – also known as Chelsea Tractors – addressed ‘Dear road user’, and blamed the vehicles for climate change.
They went on to say such large vehicles were responsible for greenhouse gas emissions, intimidated other road users and pedestrians, and used oil which was the cause of wars.
They ended by saying the ‘attack’ was not on the owner, but on their choice of car.
Detective Inspector Damian Moran, from Greater Manchester Police, said: “Those responsible might believe they are making a point, but this behaviour is criminal.
“It is mindless vandalism with no regard for the distress and nuisance caused to decent members of our community and will not be tolerated.
“If anyone knows anything or has seen anything suspicious during those two nights that might help us catch those responsible, please contact me.”