Vandals spray paint cars with word 'move' and smash windows in overnight spree in Leigh

A number of cars were targeted by the vandal overnight. Credit: MEN Media

A number of cars have been smashed up and spray painted with the word 'move' in an overnight vandalism spree in Leigh

Residents on Glover Street in Leigh, Greater Manchester, woke up on Monday 4 December to find several vehicles targeted with bright yellow paint, some had damaged windows and their tyres let down.

One mum and her son say they were left 'traumatised' by the incident, which happened whilst they were parked near their home, that her children had to take the day off school.

"They have been tearful all day", she said. "They found it very traumatic and are confused wondering why my car's been damaged. We have not done anything to anybody'.

She added, 'It's just really over the top and unnecessary. They could have spoken to people about parking, it is not a big deal, or put a note on the windscreen, the problem could have been fixed'.

It is thought they may be related to vehicles parking on the pavement, with some suggested they were targeted because they were blocking pedestrians.

One online commenter said the way the cars were parked meant buggies and wheelchairs would not be able to get through, branding it 'not acceptable'.

The mum says she fears her car will be damaged again unless she finds somewhere else to park.

The cars had yellow paint sprayed on to them as well as windows smashed. Credit: MEN Media

One local said: "Unfortunately a lot of our streets aren't wide enough for the amount of cars to park up so sometimes it's necessary to park partly on the pavement.

"I know and can understand how this isn't good, but they should leave enough room for disability scooters and prams."

Another joked that the vandal 'clearly can't spell' and that they could hardly make out the graffiti.

A number of cars were vandalised

Greater Manchester Police have described it as a "disgraceful display of criminal damage".

Inspector Andy Smith of GMP’s Wigan and Leigh District said: "This incident has rightly shocked the local community and raised concern as to why this has happened and who is responsible.

"Our officers are continuing to make enquiries in order to identify whoever is responsible.

"We would strongly urge members of the local community who live close by or who know anything about this incident to report it to GMP or Crimestoppers anonymously.

Can you help?

If you have any information, doorbell, or dash cam footage regarding this incident you can report this to GMP by calling 101 quoting log 698 of 05/12/2022 or online via their website.

Images posted in a local Facebook group show at least three cars damaged

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