Port Talbot teen devastated after vandal attacks car in Rees Street
A DEVASTATED Port Talbot teen has been left to count the cost after a vandal slashed all four tyres of her car and scratched her bonnet.
Jodie Gill, of Rees Street, Aberavon, was shocked to find her red Toyota Aygo had been deliberately targeted.
The 18-year-old said she discovered the attack on her car when she set off for Neath Port Talbot College on Tuesday morning.
"I didn't notice it in the morning and started to drive it, so I could have damaged the rims as well," she said.
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"They have slashed them with a screwdriver. They have also keyed a star on the bonnet. It is pretty big.
"We don't think it is a personal target.
"I am devastated. My car is my life. I drive back and forth to college and I work at a care home in Caewern as a support worker.
"To get to work now I have to walk there from college and get a lift home. It has caused a lot of hassle and cost a lot of money."
Jodie, who is a former Glan Afan student and is now studying for her A-levels in Neath, said she had owned the car for more than a year.
"I pay for everything myself," she said.
"I work at least one overnight shift a week and another shift of a couple of hours."
Jodie immediately reported the incident to police, who are investigating.
She believes the incident took place between Monday evening and the early hours of Tuesday morning. "I parked the car across the road two or three houses down," she said.
"Me and my mother were stirring at 1am the night before.
"We both woke up and said we could not sleep."
Her mum Frances Gill said: "There is nothing anybody can do.
"We are waiting for a truck to come and get it. My partner also had his tyres slashed on New Year's Day.
"No other cars had been slashed in the street.
"Jodie was so upset when she found out."
A South Wales Police spokesman confirmed the incident and requested that any witnesses should call 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.
Last week police investigated reports of 22 vehicles having one or more tyres slashed in and around Heol Tabor, in Cwmavon.