Port Isaac visitors shocked by attack on car
A FAMILY had their holiday in Port Isaac ruined when they discovered someone had trashed their £50,000 vehicle causing damage totalling £3,000 to repair.
London couple Miles and Luca Leonard returned to their friend's holiday home in the village to find their Range Rover had been keyed hundreds of times and the vehicle's wing mirrors smashed.
Heading home with their two young children on the M5 motorway, a tyre blew out, which Mrs Leonard felt may not have been a coincidence after what had happened in Port Isaac.
They have now offered a £500 reward for information leading to the prosecution of whoever was responsible.
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The couple had been sightseeing in Cornwall with their two children, Cosmo, 5, and Luna, 4, when they returned to the village to find their vehicle vandalised.
Mrs Leonard, 42, said the couple could not believe the extent of the damage.
"We were totally shocked and hurt at the sheer amount of scratches on the Range Rover, there were hundreds, and the wing mirror was also smashed.
"Whoever was responsible was incredibly vindictive and I can't understand why anyone would have done this.''
She said the vehicle had been parked properly in the village, with room for others to pass.
"We saw no sign that it was a private parking space, nor was our vehicle blocking anyone's way, so it is difficult to know why someone would have done such a horrendous thing,'' she said.
The family had to abandon their drive home to London and stay overnight in Somerset.
"It was lashing down with rain and because the wing mirror was smashed it became very difficult to drive safely on the motorway. Then one of the tyres blew out on the vehicle.
"Obviously I can't say for certain but it seemed very odd that we should have a puncture, as they were pretty new tyres, and I just wonder if perhaps that had something to do with the horrendous damage caused in Port Isaac,'' said Mrs Leonard.
PC Malcolm Taylor from Wadebridge police station is dealing with the attack on the vehicle.
He said: "This sort of incident is very unusual in a place like Port Isaac, and I would appeal for witnesses or information from anyone else who can help find whoever was responsible.''
Those who can help the police's inquiry are asked to call 101, quoting crime reference BW/12394.