ANGRY residents allegedly covered Flash 4WDs with graffiti after dodgy airport parking firms reportedly parked holidaymakers’ cars on their suburban streets.
Eight cars were destroyed in the Essex village of Takeley, just over a mile from Stansted Airport.
Snapshots showed several engines, including an Audi 4×4, were sprayed with bright yellow paint.
Apparently the tires on at least one engine were damaged by vandals.
A sign on a car read: “This vehicle has been targeted by the Takeley Anti-Airport Parkers Group.”
It was claimed the cars were parked at the airport by parking companies who charge travelers £65 to park their cars in “secure” car parks near Stansted.
Acting Inspector Kevin Mayle said: “We believe these reports relate to ongoing issues with vehicles being parked where they should not be, namely on the way to Stansted Airport.”
“Whilst we understand this is incredibly frustrating for those living near the airport, we ask the public to report parking issues on the Uttlesford District Council website and not to take action themselves.”
“We would also ask visitors to Stansted Airport to make use of the available parking spaces and not to park illegally on surrounding streets.”
Essex Police confirmed officers were called to reports eight cars had been destroyed.
Police are now appealing for any information, video surveillance or dashcam footage that could help them catch the perpetrator.
Stansted Airport said: “There is an allegation that the cars were parked there by an illegal car park operator, so the owners would have paid a fee – but not for a secure, official on-site car park.”
“The airport has been working extremely closely with local county councils for many years to address potential vehicle parking issues in the area.”