Let's catch Clevedon vandals who targeted charity car

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By Local_Andy | Friday, June 03, 2011, 11:40

Clevedon is a small place - so somebody must know who smashed up a car belonging to a fundraiser for blind people.

Martyn Mills, who works as a district fundraiser for Guide Dogs for the Blind and last year raised £320,000 for them, found his blue Ford Escort estate vandalised earlier this week and faces a bill for hundreds of pounds to get it fixed.

The car belongs to the charity and has charity branding on it. The 67-year-old had parked his car outside his home at Lower Knowles Road, Clevedon and on Monday morning found it defaced with graffiti.

Mr Mills believes it was done using a screwdriver or a knife. It must have taken time, somebody must have seen something. 

He faces a bill of around £500 to repair the rear passenger door and part of this cost may have to be met by the charity.

Mr Mills, raised the six figure sum for the charity last year from hard work organising a number of events across the area.

He said: "The car is sign-written so whoever did this damage knows it belongs to a charity.

"It is sick that someone could damage a car which is owned by a charity and is vital to its work in raising funds.

"It is complete and utter mindless vandalism. The damage is pretty bad and there are some pretty deep scratches on the car paintwork.

"Whereas the car is insured, there is bound to be an excess and it may be the case that the charity will have to fund this.

"It is hard enough to raise money for charity in the current financial climate without having to pay out to repair damage done by vandals. The incident has been reported to the police and I hope the culprits will be caught."

Police are appealing to anyone with information about the vandal attack to contact them on 0845 4567000. Please help. You can always call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111. They never ask for your name or trace your call.

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