Yobs target businessman’s car a second time

Troy Avery from Bexhill, whose car has been vandalised while parked in Hastings
Troy Avery from Bexhill, whose car has been vandalised while parked in Hastings

A BUSINESSMAN is seriously considering packing up and leaving Hastings after his car was again wrecked by vandals.

For the second time in a month they have struck Troy Avery’s car, this time causing more than £700 in damage.

The windscreen and rear window, together with two side ones, were smashed last Thursday (July 12) at around 11.15am.

Mr Avery, owner of leather restoration firm Tanya Hide in Waldergrave Street, had parked his vehicle in Cornwallis Street only to later find it vandalised yet again.

Last month he was left counting the cost after around £2,000 worth of wanton damage was done to his car.

Paint stripper was poured over the roof. Panels were also damaged, as well as doors, mirrors and bumpers.

The sign displaying the name of his business also had to be redone.

On the day of the first attack (June 20), the fuming businessman drove straight to the police station in Hastings to report the damage.

Mr Avery, 47, who lives in Buxton Drive, Bexhill, suffers from depression, Raynaud’s disease, a condition that affects the blood supply to the fingers and toes, and fibromyalgia, which is a condition that causes chronic pain all over the body.

He said: “I have taken this as a personal attack because I am dependent on my car due to my disability, so it needs to be parked close to my business.

“If this carries on I would seriously have to consider packing up the business.

“This has pushed me so close to the edge and I really must question if it is worth me carrying on.

“I lost a day’s trade on Monday, having to take it off to get the windows replaced. I only started the business last September and it has been a struggle building it up.”

He said he believed the two attacks were random.

Mr Avery set up his firm because he refused to just live off Incapacity Benefit.

Andy Freeman, spokesman for Sussex Police, said: “The incident happened outside Flight Trophies Store in Cornwallis Street at around 11.25am. The suspect had leant a Claude Butler bicycle up against the shop window before attacking the blue Ford Focus with a hammer, smashing two windows.

“He was confronted by a man who had been in the shop, but then headed for the back of the vehicle, smashing the back window. He was grabbed and detained, but when a driver of another car intervened, he claimed he was being attacked and escaped in the confusion.”

Mr Freeman said the suspect is described as white, in his early 20s, of slim build, clean shaven and with black crew cut hair around an inch long.

He was carrying a black rucksack and a hammer, about 8ins long, with a yellow handle, an orange/red head and a metal tip. He ran off in the direction of St Andrew’s Mews market, leaving the purple bike behind.

Anyone who witnessed the incident or who recognises the description is asked to call Sussex Police on 101 quoting serial 543 of July 12.