Angry Islington resident installs own CCTV to catch car vandals

After a spate of more than 30 attacks on cars parked in an Islington street, one resident decided to take matters into his own hands.

Haydn Jones, 43, whose 4x4 was among the vehicles keyed in the vandalism in Gibson Square last summer, was so incensed about the problem that he spent �300 installing personal CCTV to monitor the area outside his property.

Then on January 14, the equipment captured a smartly dressed vandal ripping off the wing mirror of his blue Porsche Cayenne and kicking it across the street.

The footage is now in the hands of police and Mr Jones has released still images of the culprit, who appeared inebriated, to the Gazette in the hope that someone will identify him.

Mr Jones said: “There were 30 cars keyed last summer and the average cost to sort that out for each resident was between �500 and �1,000.

“We involved the police but it didn’t look particularly promising.”

“So I brought a CCTV system to keep a track on any damage.

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“Then on January 14, my wing mirror had been smashed and I had all the footage that captured the guy doing it. He looks like a man in his 30s who was smartly dressed, as though he had been out for dinner or drinks.

“He just walks along Gibson Square and tries to yank off a few wing mirrors but then gets hold of my wing mirror and pulls it off before kicking it across the bonnet. He then used one of the cut-throughs behind the square, so he clearly knew where he was going.”

AAnyone with information should contact Islington Police on 101.