18 car scratch attacks may be linked to GCHQ parking row
EIGHTEEN cars have been targeted by vandals in one in a Cheltenham street.
Detectives are now investigating the damage to vehicles along Fiddlers Green Lane.
And officers believe there could be even more victims in the area who are yet to come forward.
Community leaders suggested the keying of the vehicles could be linked to residents' frustration at workers in nearby GCHQ using the street to park their cars for the day.
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A member of the public called the police shortly before 3pm on Wednesday and reported that scratches had been caused to a large number of cars.
Officers have been making contact with the owners of the vandalised vehicles.
Councillor Simon Wheeler (LD, Hester's Way) said he had heard of similar incidents taking place in the area before.
He added that, if the attack was a parking-related protest, that "vandalism was never the right way forward".
He said: "I have had a number of people tell me that, over the past couple of years now.
"There is a possibility that some of these people parking may be from GCHQ, but certainly not all of them.
"But if there are about 6,500 people working at the Donut, a lot of the parked cars will belong to staff there.
"I have had a number of reports from people who may know someone who has had their car vandalised by keying, breaking a wing mirror or spraying WD40 onto a windscreen, which for me is the most dangerous of the lot.
"This is something that is happening. I have no sympathy for the people who feel that this is the best way to sort out this problem.
"Whoever it is that has vandalised these cars, I have no sympathy for their cause if they think this is the way to stop people parking there.
"This is not the way to do it. Vandalism is never the right way forward.
"I think the people that are doing it may feel frustrated that nothing is being done, but this is not the way to do it."
Anyone who has discovered their car has been damaged and who has not yet spoken to officers about the vandalism is being urged to speak to detectives.
They would also like to speak to anybody who may have more information about the incident.
Contact Gloucestershire police on 101, quoting incident number 215 of March 6.