Luton Airport holidaymakers' cars vandalised in streets

Residents not happy about tourists parking outside their homes

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Luton Airport holidaymakers' cars vandalised in streets


Cars are being vandalised and daubed in graffiti by a disgruntled resident near Luton Airport after their owners allegedly parked them on a residential street for three weeks to avoid airport parking.

Locals on a street in Luton, Bedfordshire, have taken pictures of the Range Rover, which is one of two with its windows smashed.

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Another car, which appears to belong to a London-based window tinting business, is also covered in white paint which reads 'selfish git' and 'this is not airport parking' spread across the windscreen.

It is believed the car had been parked there for more than two weeks when it was vandalised last Sunday on a street that is a 10-minute drive from the airport.

Angela Baldwin's sister, Sarah, spotted the car on her street and noticed it had been vandalised.

Angela, 37, said: "The owners are going to have a shock when they get back from their holiday.

"They were obviously seen walking off with their cases. Personally I think this is a little extreme.

"I've heard that the person who wrote on the car did only that and since then the windows have been smashed and the other damage caused by kids.

"The writing looks easily washed off, however, since the writing was done, that then has given whoever the green light to smash it up."

Another resident, Amanda Carnell, who lives three streets away, believes youngsters may be involved.

Amanda said: "This isn't in my street but I have seen it vandalised for three weeks.

"There are actually two cars that have had their windows smashed, but this is the only one with the paint.

"People using nearby streets [as free parking instead of paying at the airport] is a huge issue in this area. It's much worse on that street, but it's spreading to mine now too.

"I believe the local council are going to start using permits for residents to help combat it. I think you'll probably get two permits per household.

"We just got a leaflet through the other day.

"The road's pretty bad anyway because it's on a hill as well so you can't see if there's cars coming the other way.

"It is a problem, but it certainly doesn't warrant this kind of behaviour. This is why I think it might be children.

"They have probably heard something at home and they don't understand what's going to happen in the future.

"Incidents like this will push up the price of insurance for car owners in the area."


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