Sep 1 2011 by Sandra Walls, Hamilton Advertiser
AN elderly couple this week were distraught after seeing their new car being vandalised by a crowd of youths.
The couple from Angle Street, Stonehouse, both in their 80s, were awoken just after 1am on Saturday by noise in the street.
The woman looked out the bedroom window and saw a group of six to eight youths, boys and a girls, aged between 14 to 17, around their new Ford Focus car.
One of the boys climbed onto the bonnet and then jumped onto the roof, where he continually jumped up and down, bashing in the whole roof.
He was wearing dark clothing and a hooded top. The others were all dressed in dark clothing and one of the girls was dressed all in white.
The car, which the couple have only recently bought, cost £18,000.
The OAPs’ grandson Colin Graham who has been helping them to try to sort out the situation, said: “My grandparents had only recently traded in their old car for this new Ford Focus. The car roof is totally caved in and will take weeks to repair at a cost in the region of £2000.”
This was not the first car vandalism incident in the area involving youths.
He added: “Their previous car, over a period of time, suffered mirrors being kicked off, large scratches from being keyed from one end to the other and the plastics on the car have also been damaged.”
The couple now want to get rid of their new car, as Colin’s grandmother told him that she believed it could be a target again.
The couple were also concerned for their own safety during the incident.
Colin added: “Grandad knocked on the window and shouted at them to get off the car, but they just carried on.
“He didn’t want to go outside in case the incident turned violent towards him and my grandmother.
“They phoned the police right away and reported it and wanted an officer to attend.
“However they were disappointed that no-one from the police came to their assistance.”
Colin’s grandad added: “If the police had been quick off the mark they would have seen them walking away from the incident.
“We sat up until after 2.30am waiting on the police to arrive.
“Something needs to be done about the youths in the area and their anti-social behaviour.”
A spokesman for Strathclyde Police said: “Police were diverted to another call at the time of the incident and were unable to make a visit to the couple personally, however police did go out to the area and at the time saw no obvious signs of vandalism, due to the car being parked in a nearby driveway.
“We have been in touch with the couple since the vandalism and police are taking the incident seriously and are investigating the matter fully.”
If anyone has any information or saw the car being vandalised, call Larkhall Police at 01698 202 300 or alternatively Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.