University students hit back in St Paul's parking egg wars
STUDENTS have hit back at Cheltenham residents who have been 'targeting them' for parking in their road.
Tyres have been slashed and eggs have been thrown at cars in Manser Street, which have been left by young people studying at the nearby University of Gloucestershire campus.
Kate Wright, who is working towards a PGCE, returned to her Mitsubishi Colt last Tuesday to find it had been vandalised.
She claims members of the neighbourhood are creating a culture of intimidation to scare off anybody using their streets to park.
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And the 26-year-old insisted that she had not broken any laws by using the spot to leave her vehicle.
"I was very angry and couldn't believe someone would do something like this," said Kate, who lives in Woodmancote and chose to stay in the county to study at University of Gloucestershire.
"When I parked there last Monday, there was a note left on my car which was impossible to read and I wondered what it said. I came back the next day to find eggs smashed all over the car and my tyres slashed.
"I have lived in Cheltenham all my life and so I know the area well.
"It just seems completely stupid when they have the least amount of cars in that street.
"I thought at the time it was surprising no cars were parked along there but obviously they have scared everyone off.
"When I picked up the car the day before, there were people waiting around and it felt very intimidating.
"Fortunately I was with a friend and we just got out of there as quickly as we could but they have to remember that this is my community too.
"How dare they think they have a right to take the law into their own hands?"
Kate had to spend £108 to replace her tyres. She has now brought a parking permit for the university car park - setting her back a further £45.
"It has cost me a lot of money which I cannot claim back on the insurance," she said.
"It doesn't seem like much but, as a student, I'm having to pay my tuition fees as well and it all adds up.
"I am working hard every day, from 9am to 5pm, and this is the last thing I want to deal with."
Residents claimed St Paul's had been the scene of several angry clashes between students and homeowners last week.
Detectives said they were aware of the tensions in the neighbourhood and were still hunting for the culprits behind the attacks.
They are urging anyone with information to contact them on 101 quoting incident 166 of September 18.