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Port Isaac visitors shocked by attack on car

By Cornish Guardian  |  Posted: June 15, 2012

  • HOLIDAY HORROR: The Leonard family from London, Miles and Luca with their children Cosmo and Luna, pictured on a previous trip, were enjoying a break in Cornwall until they returned to their friend's holiday home in Port Isaac and discovered their car had been vandalised.

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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.

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.

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  • masthedutch  |  July 10 2012, 3:44PM

    I was wondering if the Fisherman's Friends still play in your village? I once visited a few years ago and had the most delightful evening listening to their wondeful traditional music and light repertoire with the audience. Unfortunately my enjoyment of the village was a little tempered when I returned to my vehicle to find a steaming **** upon the bonnet. I only drove a Ford Escort and not the fabulous sounding 'wheels' owned by Mr and Mrs Leonard but yet somehow my Millwall FC sticker in the rear screen of my vehicle was enough to set off a chain of events which eventaully lead to me deciding NEVER TO VISIT THE WEST COUNTRY AGAIN. Even when The Millwalls play Torquay I do have to spend a few days preparing myself mentally and physically to enter 'the danger zone'. Its a shame because I do love a pasty and when I eat a Greggs offering in Bermondsey it never tastes the same - too much pastry and not enough filling for my liking. Anyway I digress, the important thing is that the **** on my bonnet did the damage and left me one tourist who never returned to Port Isaac again.

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  • juvenal  |  July 04 2012, 10:51PM

    The suggestion that Mrs Leonard is responsible is as ludicrous as it is vile. They would not have gone to the police had that been the case, risking perjury, wasting police time, fraud etc - it really is a risible and nasty suggestion, not to mention wholly libellous. Someone in Port Isaac did this - end of. Do not blame the victims for this disgusting violence that happened to their car and potentially endangered their lives and those of their children on the way home. Shame on you posters to suggest this. Someone in your community knows the truth...

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  • Gurnards_Head  |  June 25 2012, 1:50PM

    Ahhh so!!! looks like Wifey did it then? How very convienient to blame those pesky Nats who dont like "Blow Ins", not that sort anyway. Wonder if anyone will apologise?

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  • LordLeverson  |  June 25 2012, 1:21PM

    Poor journalism (again!) - they printed the story on the Leonards comments only no checks made. The Police investigation suspects that it was Mrs Leonard who did the damage herself many witnesses to a domestic arguement just prior to damage to the husbands 'pride and joy' car............reason they contacting the press - no insurance if you damage your own car is there............

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  • StanStill  |  June 15 2012, 4:23PM

    Pondlife is alive and well in Port Isaac. These people need a bloody good hiding, not soft soaping by the Courts. Just as long as they don't ask that thick Copper from Port Wenn to deal.

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  • kimmyp  |  June 15 2012, 4:08PM

    ingundia You can't blame everything bad happening on tourists especially looking at the last list of arrests in Newquay who were largely locals. We don't have many visitors in our town but we suffer the same sort of mindless behaviour and again its people who actually live here. Reading most of the stories today it would seem that it is not a lack of willingness from the police to get tough with these idiots, it's the total soft soaping when these people appear in court. Seeing that most peoples comments on here are a pretty normal reaction to this sort of thing maybe the police should look at the idiot who is obviously trolling this article as it seems that by the number of red arrows they think it is perfectly fine to damage other peoples property.

  • Droofguy  |  June 15 2012, 3:32PM

    I know where there's some CCTV camera's available, probably get them for a good price.....

  • ingundia  |  June 15 2012, 12:50PM

    Sorry for their bad experience, but has been happening to locals for years now in Newquay thanks to Chav tourism... Nobody ever gets proscecuted and our insurance increases year on year not to mention the time it takes up to deal with and distress as a result of it piled on top of sleepless nights, assaults and other **** 'tourism' brings. I got told by a police officer that the assault commted on me was not deemed bad enough for the cost of a prosecution. Personally I think that the person who got away with it will go on and commit more and more serious crimes havinig not had to deal with any consequences. Invest in the police so they can do their jobs properly and nip this stuff in the bud. Make examples out of these people.

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  • josdave  |  June 15 2012, 10:36AM

    As long as wastes of space like this are allowed to go unpunished - thank the PC brigade and over lenient magistrates for this - instances like this will continue to occur regularly. Unfortunately in these enlightened times (not sure if that is true however) rough justice (the only kind these misfits understand) is not allowed.

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  • Gurnards_Head  |  June 15 2012, 10:33AM

    Mindless vandalism is universal, which makes it no less repugnant, who ever commits these mindless acts for whatever reason are wrong and unfortunately if they are actually caught the sanctions they face are laughable, there simply is no deterrent to this unacceptable behaviour.

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