OAP’s plea to gang

Joyce Shaw, from Marsh Green, whose car wing mirror has been vandalised three times in recent weeks
Joyce Shaw, from Marsh Green, whose car wing mirror has been vandalised three times in recent weeks

A PENSIONER has spoken out about a group of vandals which is repeatedly targeting cars on a Wigan estate.

Joyce Shaw, 78, was dismayed to discover youths had broken her car wing mirrors three times in three weeks.

Other cars have been targeted in Canberra Road, Marsh Green, and in the surrounding streets, as youths have sprayed a glue-type substance on vehicles.

Joyce, a mother-of-two with three grandchildren and three great grandchildren, said: “On the morning of April 29, I found my car wing mirror was hanging off. My grandson taped it back on for me.

“The nest night they ripped the other wing mirror off completely, so I couldn’t use my car at all until they were both fixed, as if the police pulled me up for driving with no wing mirrors I would be in trouble.

“After the bank holiday I went to a garage, which charged me £56 for both, which is still a lot of money for me to pay.

“Then this weekend I came back and found my side mirrors had been done again. It was hanging off with the wires.

“And it is not just me - another resident has had their car damaged. The car is full of scratches and had to be cleaned as there was something like glue sprayed on, but it wont come off.”

Joyce has been working with the neighbourhood police and ward councillor Jeanette Prescott to tackle the problem and they believe they know who the yobs are - three girls aged between 15 and 16.

Mrs Shaw said: “I feel very angry and upset. I would really like to know why they are doing it.

“People have seen them do it - they made a terrific bang and ran off laughing. I hope the police speak to the parents to warn them what is happening.”

Inspector Phil James of the Pemberton Neighbourhood Policing Team said they were investigating the incidents in Marsh Green.

He added: “Wanton acts of criminal damage can blight a community and cause considerable misery and expense to its residents so we will do everything in our power to put a stop to it.

“We have increased our patrols in the area and are working with the local community to identify those responsible.

“I would continue to urge residents to report all incidents and information to us by calling 0161 872 5050 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.”