By Denna Bowman
A radical gang of eco-activists have stepped up their tyres-slashing campaign against 4×4 vehicles.
More than 100 “Chelsea tractors” have now been targeted during recent weeks in the smart suburbs of South Manchester, causing an estimated £80,000 in damage to tyres.
After slashing the car tyres, the gang leave a note on each vehicle saying the owners were targeted because “they contribute to climate change”.
The unnamed vigilante group claims to be bringing home to owners the consequences of their choice of car.
An activist involved in the attacks told the Daily Mail: “These vehicles are totally unsuitable for the city, they’re dangerous, polluting and an unnecessary status symbol. They should not be on our city roads.”
However, the victims have accused the eco-activists of being mindless vandals.
One man, whose tyres were attacked in Didsbury last week, said: ‘If they ever did have a noble, credible cause, they have blown it because they have reduced themselves to the status of common criminals.”
Many of the vehicle owners – especially those with children – have spoken out about how they have struggled to cope with the aftereffects of having their cars disabled.
Etyres fitters are regularly called out to replace tyres which have been vandalised and customers appreciate the mobile service, because it means they do not have the added problem of getting their car to a garage or tyre depots.
And because etyres does not have expensive garages to run, its low operational costs mean it can pass savings on to customers in the form of cheap prices – up to 40% lower than traditional high street tyres depots.