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'This isn't the airport car park': Drivers return to cars left in street to find them covered in graffiti

Mirror logo Mirror 03/01/2018 Connor Dunn
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'Scum bag' vandals trashed parked vehicles in a Liverpool neighbourhood near the airport, spraying them with white paint and posting angry messages on them.

The vandalised vehicles were parked on roads close to Liverpool John Lennon Airport in the residential Speke area when they were attacked over the new year period.

White lines appear to have been sprayed all over the cars and signs were stuck on car windows reading: “THIS IS NOT A CAR PARK FOR THE AIRPORT”.

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Local residents suggested in a social media group that the damage was probably caused by “people not happy with the airport parking evaders”.

Although the damage was caused earlier this week many of the cars remain, suggesting the owners still are not aware of the damage, the Liverpool Echo reports.

One woman wrote online: “Gives the place a bad name, no wonder they won’t invest in the place! Scum bags dragging it down.

a car parked on the side of a building: Credits: Liverpool Echo © Provided by Trinity Mirror Shared Services Limited Credits: Liverpool Echo “Don’t see the problem in people parking if they’re not causing an obstruction.

“How many people have parked their cars down a street they don’t know because it’s quicker to get the shops? All I imagine.

“It’s a public road - you can park anywhere. Doing that to people’s cars knowing they’re not cheap to fix, just after Xmas too. It’s not on.”

a close up of a sign: Credits: Liverpool Echo © Provided by Trinity Mirror Shared Services Limited Credits: Liverpool Echo Another posted: “I don’t see what harm anyone does by parking their car on any road, providing they’re not causing obstruction. We have cars parked in our road all the time - just some people are horrors.”

A third annoyed commenter added: “The cars outside the shops are causing no obstruction to anyone, it’s a joke and what a sad little life you must have if you feel the need to go and spray paint cars that are not affecting you.”

A sign has also been erected on Hale Road in partnership with the force, Liverpool Council and the airport to ask people using the airport to “park in designated car parks”.

Community Policing Inspector Andy Wignall said: “Merseyside Police was contacted at 2pm on Monday January 1 to a report of criminal damage to a Citroen DS3 car parked on Western Avenue in Speke.

a car parked on the side of a building: Credits: Liverpool Echo © Provided by Trinity Mirror Shared Services Limited Credits: Liverpool Echo “It is believed that between 5am and 1pm that day unknown offenders sprayed white paint on the car. A number of other cars in the area appear to have been damaged although at this stage we have only received one damage report.

“This behaviour will not be tolerated and I would appeal to anyone who witnessed anything or has any information about the damage to contact Merseyside Police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”

This is not the first time action has been taken over cars parking close by to the airport - Neil Junglas, 36, from Hunts Cross, wrapped a car in cling film after becoming frustrated with people parking outside his house and then going on holiday last year.

And in 2016 a Speke pensioner claimed the introduction of a drop-off charge at Liverpool John Lennon Airport led to his road being used as a car park.

Anthony Brown, 66, said since airport bosses introduced a £2 drop-off charge in 2014, Hale Road, opposite the airport, has been used by holidaymakers on the way to the terminal.

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