POLICE estimate that almost £50,000 of damage was caused in the vandalism attacks on cars in the south of the island that took place last night.
Police say further inquiries have revealed that more than 60 cars had one of two corrosive liquids sprayed onto them from what is believed to be from a moving vehicle.
One of those liquids was a creamy colour. The other was green colour. Both remain unidentified but both liquids have caused extensive damage to the paint work of the vehicles.
Polic sergeant Gary Heaton said: ‘While we occasionally receive reports of damage to vehicles, damage on a large scale such as this is unprecedented in the Isle of Man.
‘It has caused much distress to the owners of the cars and in some cases more than one panel has been damaged.
‘This, of course, affects us all in the rise of insurance costs. If just one panel on a vehicle was damaged at a repair cost of £800, it would total £48,000.
‘As such thousands of pounds will need to be spent on repairs to these vehicles some of which are expensive cars such as BMWs and Audis.
‘It is apparent that the offenders have had no regard for the impact this will have on the victims not only financially but the inconvenience of contacting insurance companies, car body repairers and finding alternative methods of transport while their vehicles are off the road.’
Crimestoppers is offering a reward of up to £1,000 leading to the arrest and conviction of offenders involved in the incident.
Sergeant Heaton added: ‘Due to the unusual nature of this incident I feel that the persons responsible will have talked about what they have done and would urge anyone who may have sold the substances unknowingly to contact the police to assist with the inquiry or anyone with any information to call any police station or call crime stoppers on 0800 555 111.’
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