Dozens of tyres slashed by armed yobs on the Hoskins estate in Tunstall
VANDALS slashed tyres on up to 25 vehicles as they went on the rampage through a housing estate.
Neighbours on the Hoskins estate, in Tunstall, have spoken of their anger after the yobs left a trail of damage.
Vehicles were targeted on a number of roads, including Linwood Way, Grayshott Road, Westbourne Drive, Greenfield Road and Linda Road.
It is believed the trouble started at around 6pm on Saturday when Greenway General Store, in Furlong Road, had its windows smashed.
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A marked police car was parked outside the shop yesterday afternoon as police continued their investigations.
The shop owner's son said: "We have CCTV footage of three lads walking past at about 5.30pm and then throwing a brick through the glass. The police are looking at it."
It is believed staff in a nearby off-licence were then threatened by the youths before they went on the vandalism spree.
Greenfields Residents' Association chairman Terry Cope, aged 62, whose group covers the Hoskins estate, said: "The vandals have put a knife through two of my tyres so it is going to cost me another £100.
"This estate is turning into a sinkhole and it keeps getting worse.
"Things escalated after they had smashed in the windows at the shop and we were next.
"I am very angry and so are most of my neighbours.
"We obviously have kids with knives on the estate which is very worrying.
"Some people have had all four of their tyres let down and it isn't fair. Things have been getting gradually worse on the estate over the last 18 months and people are fed up and want to leave."
Police are trawling through CCTV footage to try to identify the youths.
A middle-aged Linwood Way resident, who had two tyres slashed on her Vauxhall Zafira, said: "We don't know why this is happening but we have had trouble before."
A Greenfield Road resident, whose van was left with two flat tyres, said: "This happened just before Christmas and I was punched for protecting my own property.
"I thought I was being targeted but I know now it seems to be everybody.
"Seven lads from the estate were behind it until it stopped suddenly. It's as if they were caught and sent to borstal but are now back out again."
A Staffordshire Police spokesman said: "These incidents are being investigated."
Anyone with information about the vandal attacks should call police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.