Baldock woman with arthritis has car vandalised in disabled parking bay

A woman suffering with arthritis has had her car vandalised in a disabled parking bay.

A woman suffering with arthritis has had her car vandalised in a disabled parking bay. - Credit: Archant

A woman’s car has been vandalised while parked in a disabled bay, in what is being described as a “vindictive attack”.

Emma Fone, of Norton Crescent in Baldock, discovered at 6.45am on Tuesday that her Ford Galaxy car had been vandalised with a white corrosive liquid at some point overnight.

The 42-year-old, who has had arthritis for five years, had parked in the disabled parking bay opposite her house the previous evening. The parking space can only be used by Blue Badge holders.

None of the other cars on the street had been vandalised.

She said: “There are a lot of parking problems around here and I think someone doesn’t like the fact that I’ve got a disabled parking bay.”

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Her partner, 44-year-old Paul Courtney, said: “When we discovered the car we thought it was an April Fools joke, but on finding out the white paint is a really corrosive liquid we realised this was a premeditated criminal act.

“After speaking to the police we took the car to a bodyshop and the damage is going to cost at least £4,800 to repair.”

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A spokesman for the Wilbury Bodyshop MoT and Service Centre in Hitchin, which are repairing the car, said: “It’s not just one substance that has been poured on the car, it has been mixed deliberately. We are not sure exactly what it is but it is some sort of hazardous liquid. Every panel on the car has been damaged. It is pretty horrendous really.

“We sometimes get people coming in with a keyed car or some paint poured over the bonnet but nothing of this magnitude. It is a vindictive and personal attack. There will be no lasting damage but it will take more than 80 hours to repair.”

A spokesman for Hertfordshire Constabulary said: “We are investigating the incident and we are also asking anybody who saw or heard anything overnight to come forward and ring our non-emergency number on 101.”

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