CAR tyres might have been slashed and punctured in a scam to boost a repair firm's business, police have warned.
Twenty-three incidents of damage to tyres in Westmacott Drive, Waterloo Close, Redford Close and Rochester Avenue were reported to police between December 1 and 10.
A police spokesman said a repair firm had been responsible for slashing more than 100 tyres in the area three years ago, and this could be a reason for the recent spate.
"We have caught people who simply had mental issues or vendettas against neighbours," he added. "We also caught suspects who worked for a tyre firm who were boosting their work."
Householders have also suffered other types of vehicle damage in the area.
Lindsey Dyos, of Redford Close, said her Range Rover has been attacked three times since she bought it three months ago, with £2,000 worth of damage having been caused, including key marks and a dent.
"When the car was keyed it was really obvious, because it was so deep," she said. "After three incidents we decided to report it to the police. One of our neighbours has got yellow paint on his car too."
Paul Padain, who also lives in the area, said: "I know a car belonging to my neighbour has been attacked. Thankfully, we haven't had ours done. I think it's disgusting."
Scott Brown, also of Redford Close, said his Audi had been damaged twice. In the most recent incident, his car was 'keyed' all the way along both sides of the vehicle, causing £1,000 worth of damage. I don't know why it's happening. It's not a car to be jealous of, so it's not envy. It seems to be senseless vandalism," he added.