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Monday, 22 December 2014

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Mystery Cumbria car vandal turns out to be a dog

A MYSTERY Cumbria car vandal has turned out to be a dog.

Car tyre damage photo
The dog at work

For over six months the residents of Jocks Hill and The Sands area of Brampton have been plagued by their cars being damaged on numerous occasions.

The damage, to a variety of vehicles, consisted of punctures to tyres.

Residents have been upset and concerned about the incidents and some installed CCTV to establish who has been responsible.

Recent analysis of the CCTV has revealed the culprit, a border collie named ‘Jess’.

The dog, who is owned by someone in the local area has been using her daily walk to bite the two nearside tyres of cars she comes across. This caused a slow puncture and by the morning the tyre is flat.

PC Simon Amos, who solved the mystery, said: “These incidents have been happening for the last six months, with many residents being very upset at the thought of someone targeting them and causing the damage deliberately.

“The dog had been seen approaching the cars and many believe that she was just sniffing at the tyres. It isn’t until you take a closer look , that you can see her biting the tyres.

“The owner has been contacted and has been very surprised and also apologetic about the whole situation. He will be now keeping Jess on a lead.

“We know that there may be other residents or visitors that may not have reported any damage to their tyres. We want to reassure them that the culprit has been identified and hopefully the damage will stop.”

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