Results of car crime could be ‘horrific’

Public meeting with MP John Mann to discuss Bassetlaw Hospital clinical services review information. Mr Mann at the meeting. (w110115-1c)
Public meeting with MP John Mann to discuss Bassetlaw Hospital clinical services review information. Mr Mann at the meeting. (w110115-1c)

Having suffered an offensive package posted to my wife we have had another even more serious brush with criminals.

All four wheels of my car had their wheel nuts removed, including the four locking nuts. I presumed that locking nuts were impossible to remove, but clearly not.

More sinister, the hub caps were then replaced, leaving the car as if untouched. I drove it several hundred miles before steering became a problem. It was only due to good luck that a wheel did not come off on the motorway with potentially catastrophic results.

Either it was sabotage, or more likely, an attempt to steal the wheels, which was interrupted when the criminals went to get a van to take away the wheels. Either way it was cold and calculated.

I already have a report of a similar recent crime in Worksop – though in this case the wheels were stolen.

The morons responsible need catching - and somebody will know who they are, before they kill someone.

The police call it a car crime, but in my mind this is attempted murder of anyone in the car and if it causes the car to plough into other traffic when the wheel comes off then the crime could be even more horrific.

Its also clear that wheel locks are possible to remove - which suggests that we need much better consumer guidance on which locks work and which ones are vulnerable.

I warn the public to be wary and vigilant, because whilst my car could have been targeted because it had new tyres: it could have been any car in Worksop.

I have been pleased to follow the very lively and healthy debate on disabled parking and pedestrian precincts in the letters pages of this newspaper.

I am for compromise in these matters and I hark back to the public meeting I convened many months ago which came up with a very workable solution that gave priority to disabled parking at certain times, but left the whole area car free for most of the time. There is always room for compromise and I still believe that this is the best way forward for everyone.

The battle for the ambulance service starts in earnest next week, to coincide with the official consultation. Expect a lot of disinformation.

I will listen to ambulance staff members who are contacting me from across England. They are in no doubt, these cutbacks will cost lives in Bassetlaw.