Unknown vandal targets Barnard Castle councillor's tyres

The Northern Echo: Councillor Thom Robinson inspects his tyres Councillor Thom Robinson inspects his tyres

A TOWN councillor said he is mystified after his tyres have been persistently targeted by an unknown vandal.

After several months of finding sharp objects pushed into his Land Rover’s tyres, Thom Robinson has finally reported the matter to police amid fears that the damage could cause a major accident.

Councillor Robinson was elected onto Barnard Castle Town Council three years ago, and while admitting that he has been an outspoken member, he said he could not think of any particular issue that may have caused offence.

He said: “I really have no idea who is behind this, but it has got to the point where it could be very serious.

“My neighbours said they found two nails placed carefully behind my tyres so as to puncture them as soon as I drove away.

“As I was about to drive with my young daughter in the car, the idea of what would have happened had I had a blow out caused by the puncture does not bear thinking about.”

The 27-year-old is also the leader of the local branch of the Green Party, but again he could think of no reason why someone would target him for those political views.

He said: “I accept that as a councillor people will disagree with and question me, I welcome that as part of a healthy democracy.

“But those issues should be dealt with in the proper forum, ring me, write to me or attend a meeting, not by these very petty acts.”

Despite the worrying campaign that seems to be being waged against him, Councillor Robinson said he has no thoughts of stepping down from his post.

He said: “I know some people have said if it was them it was happening to they would be scared, but I’m not.

“I wanted to be a councillor to benefit the community, I have a high profile in the town and realise that not everyone will agree with what I do and say.

“But if they have an issue then they should man up about it and talk to me, not endanger me, my family and other people.”

Information about the vandalism can be reported to police on 101.

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