Wednesday, 28 Oct 2020

Thugs smash community group’s van in random attack caught on CCTV

A gang of hooded thugs launched a brick at a community van and then smashed up the windshield – with the pointless attack caught on video.

Eraldo Marques, who runs Global Grooves, said he and other members have been left "heartbroken" and "feeling quite low" following the vandalism in West Gorton, Manchester.

The group organises carnivals and other community events and has been struggling due to the coronavirus pandemic, MEN reports.

CCTV footage from neighbouring homes shows two people pull up in a white van.

Both thugs then run out of the van and one smashes a brick down on the windshield with both hands, while the other one picks up a second brick and lobs it.

After the van is struck by a brick for the third time, both the yobs calmly get back in their own van and reverse quickly down the street.

In another neighbour's cam, showing the scene from a different angle, a woman runs outside and shouts at the thugs.

The van has been taken off the road following the random attack.

Eraldo, aged 40, moved to the UK from Brazil in 2004 to join Global Grooves.

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He was with his partner and 11-month-old baby at their home on Trowtree Avenue when the incident happened at around 6pm last Thursday.

"My neighbour came and told me 'someone is smashing your van'," Eraldo said.

"I have reported it to police but they have said without the registration it will be difficult.

"I just don't understand it.

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"It was parked in its normal spot where it has always been for three or four years so it can't be to do with parking.

"The thing that worries me is that there is no motive. It's so extreme, did they think I am someone else?"

Eraldo says it is a bitter blow for an organisation already feeling the effects of the pandemic.

"We have lost virtually all our funding and are just surviving on money from the government via the arts council," he said.

"So this is not what we need.

"We're already feeling quite low and this has made us even lower. It's knocked our confidence even further.

"We're just heartbroken."

Greater Manchester Police have been contacted for comment.

Anyone who may have witnessed the incident, or who has any information, is asked to call GMP on 101 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

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