VANDALS have slashed the tyres of 16 vehicles in four Scarborough streets.
Residents awoke to find hundreds of pounds worth of damage as parked cars were discovered slumped by the kerbs.
The rampage took place in Westbourne Road, Garland’s Hill, Trinity Road and Weaponness Valley Road.
Car owners spoke of the huge inconvenience and costs to put right, and it also could have proved life-threatening.
Operating theatre practitioner Kevin Lawton, who works at Scarborough Hospital, lives in Westbourne Road.
He said: “In my job I have to be on call. If I had been called out in the middle of the night to an emergency, and found I was unable to get there in time, it could have put someone’s life at risk.
“It was sickening really to see all the damage that had been done.”
The incident also proved costly for Scarborough business A2B Removals, which had seven wheels on two vans slashed at a cost of £720.
It is the second time in a month the removals firm has been targeted.
Richard Nassau, who runs the business, said: “It has not been a good day. We were four hours late to our job. As a business we pride ourselves on being on time and efficient, and we were unable to do that.
“It is very upsetting to know there is such petty minded people out there who are amusing themselves by slashing tyres.
“We just hope the police find who did it.”
The number of tyres damaged varied from car to car.
Some had only one slashed tyre whilst others had all four cut with a knife which is thought to be larger than a standard carpenter’s knife.
Police are now hunting for whoever is responsible for the tyre slashing.
They are appealing for any witness and information in relation to the incident, which took place between 9.30pm on Wednesday evening and 7am on Thursday morning.
PC Jonathan Sygrove, of Scarborough Safer Neighbourhood Team, said: “I am appealing to anyone who witnessed the damage or has any information that could help to identify the offenders to come forward as a matter of urgency.
“This senseless vandalism is nothing short of a scandal and those responsible should feel ashamed.
“Make no mistake, we are doing everything we can to ensure they face the consequences of their actions.”
Anyone who can assist with the investigation is asked to contact PC Jonathan Sygrove at Scarborough Police Station on 0845 60 60 24 7 quoting reference number 12110102903. Or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.