Car tyres across UK being slashed by eco-warriors – who leave patronising note

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A new group of eco-warrior activists are causing chaos across Britain, deflating tyres on parked SUVs and leaving patronising calling cards.

The Tyre Extinguishers claimed they hit "hundreds" of vehicles last night, aiming to make it "impossible" to own a "gas guzzler" in urban areas.

SUVs in seven areas of London as well as Brighton, Bristol, Cambridge, Edinburgh, Liverpool and Sheffield were all hit as The Tyre Extinguishers waged war on emissions.

They insist they are "leaderless" and urge people to join their cause, with instructions on how to deflate tyres available on their website.

Marion Walker, from The Tyre Extinguishers, said in a statement: "Governments and politicians have failed to protect us from these massive unnecessary vehicles.

"SUVs are a climate disaster, they cause air pollution and are dangerous for other road users. Everyone hates them, apart from the people who drive them.

"Politely asking for climate action, clean air and safer streets has failed. It’s time for action."

On notes left on the cars, the group explained that they weren't angry with drivers but rather their vehicles, arguing: "We did this because driving around urban areas in your massive vehicle has huge consequences for others.

"SUVs are the second-largest cause of the global rise in carbon dioxide emissions over the past decade – more than the entire aviation industry.

"SUVs are more likely to kill people than normal cars in collisions. Psychological studies show SUV drivers are more likely to take risks on the road. SUVs are unnecessary, and pure vanity."

However it would appear that there was some friendly fire following last night's operation.

One woman on Twitter urged them to "think before they act", posting a picture of her deflated electric Mercedes-Benz EQC.

She said: "You let down my tyres and I didn't notice until I started driving with my three children in my car. My car is fully electric.

"We also had a child that required to be at the hospital for an appointment in the city. Thankfully we had a second car."

Police are also looking to hit back at The Tyre Extinguishers.

A spokesperson for Sussex Police said: "On Tuesday morning (March 8) police received multiple reports from the Brighton area from members of the public who found the tyres on their cars had been deflated.

"It’s thought the vehicles in Balfour Road, The Drive, Lowther Road, Maldon Road and Newells Close were targeted during the early hours of the morning.

"Enquiries are ongoing, and anyone with information or who has video footage from the area which could help officers with their investigation is asked to report it to police online or call 101 quoting serial number 111 of 08/03."

While a Police Scotland spokesperson said: "Officers have received reports of tyres being deliberately deflated in The Grange area of Edinburgh on Tuesday, March 8, 2022.

"Enquiries are ongoing to establish if there is any criminality involved."

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