Disabled Oban driver counts cost of vandalism spree

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A disabled driver has been left stranded after vandals broke into his Peugeot 306 last weekend and destroyed the electrics.

William Rodger, who has a degenerative spinal disc disorder, was one of several car owners in the area to have been targeted between Friday night and Saturday morning.

Mr Rodger’s car was parked at the Sorobo Road end of Sinclair Drive, while vehicles in Quarry Road and Mossfield were also affected.

‘It’s not much of a car but it was fine for getting me around,’ said Mr Rodger.

‘Whoever broke in to it pulled the indicator stalk off and in doing so has blown the electrics and I can’t drive it at all now.

‘This has virtually stopped me doing anything as I rely on my car heavily to get out and about.’

Despite having his only mode of transport completely trashed, Mr Rodger urged the perpetrators to seek help.

‘There must be something wrong with them to be lashing out like that, so I would like them to get the help that they need,’ he added.

In total seven cars were reported to have been targeted during the spree, with the damage ranging from broken mirrors and windscreen wipers to doors being badly dented and damaged.

Broken parts found strewn around the affected areas have been collected for DNA testing and, although they believe that last weekend’s incidents were opportunist, police are asking drivers to be mindful of how they leave their unattended vehicles.

Community sergeant Iain MacNicol said: ‘Some of the cars involved in the attacks last weekend were unsecured and we would advise everyone leaving there car unattended to make sure it is locked.

‘Parking in well lit areas can also act as a deterrent.’

Police are investigating these incidents and are appealing for anyone with information to contact them on 101 or anonymously through Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.