Vandals cause thousands of pounds worth of damage in attacks on Nelson and Colne taxis

Mohammed Ilyas, Zafar Ali and Ramzan Ramon with one of the vandalised taxis. A270411/4f

Mohammed Ilyas, Zafar Ali and Ramzan Ramon with one of the vandalised taxis. A270411/4f

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PENDLE taxi drivers have hit out at vandals who have caused thousands of pounds worth of damage to three of their vehicles over the Easter Bank Holiday.

In three separate incidents, cabs in Nelson and Colne were targeted with what is believed to be a paint stripping agent that has been thrown over three cars.

Police have said that a red Volkswagen Passat had an unknown substance poured over it in Lune Street, Colne, between 2 a.m. and 10 a.m. on Saturday.

Likewise, two red Toyota Avensises have also had a substance tipped over them between the hours of 3-30 a.m. and 11 a.m. on Sunday morning in Manchester Road and Beaufort Street, Nelson.

All three cars will require new paintwork.

Pendle Taxi Association chairman Mohammed Akram said: “Nothing like this has ever happened before. I am really shocked and I personally condemn this because it is very unfair for our trade. We are becoming the victims of crime.”

Sergeant Keith Beckley from the Neighbourhood Policing Team, together with members of the Taxi Association, met on Tuesday to discuss the matter at their monthly forum.

Sgt Beckley said: “At this moment in time there is nothing to link the offences. We are investigating to try and establish the motives behind it.

“The aggrieved parties do not know why they have been victimised.”

The chairman of Pendle Hackney Carriage Association, Mohammed Ilyas, added: “The drivers are feeling very bad about this and of course it is going to be very expensive to have the cars re-sprayed.”

Anyone with information should contact police on 472403 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.