By John Cossee
An NHS key worker couple in Hayfield, Derbyshire, has been left devastated after their family car was targeted by vandals.
A leaflet left on the windscreen claimed the couple were “putting the community at risk” by spreading the coronavirus.
Jayne Moreton discovered her car tyres had been intentionally punctured after parking on Kinder Road on 24 April.
The leaflet imitated genuine Derbyshire Police warnings that had been issued in the area and had an image of the Derbyshire Constabulary logo printed at the bottom.
Mrs Morten said: “They let the tyre down, but they’ve also punctured it with something. To then put a flyer on the car with a police logo on, it is just stupid.
“I think what he [her husband] was most annoyed about was the assumption we’re from somewhere out of the area like Manchester and we’re doing something we shouldn’t have been.”
Jayne said her vehicle was targeted after her husband – also a key worker for the fire service – parked in the village to go cycling on the hills.
In a Facebook post, she expressed frustration that the actions of the anonymous perpetrator have put two key workers out of action.
Derbyshire Police issued a statement urging anyone who may have information about the criminal damage or the distribution of fake leaflets to come forward.
A police spokesperson said: “While this leaflet is one that has wording similar to one previously used by officers, this has been changed by an unknown third party to include wording not used by Derbyshire Constabulary.”
This incident comes after Derbyshire Police attracted widespread publicity when they used drones to photograph people walking in the Peak District and ignoring social distancing restrictions.
It appears that some local residents are resorting to vigilantism to deter unwanted visitors to the area.
Two weeks ago, a gate on a public footpath near Bank Vale Road in Hayfield was illegally padlocked, and an obscene note was found placed on a car which mimicked the slogan ‘Stay Home – Protect The NHS – Save Lives’.
Mrs Moreton said: “I received a message from a lady who had her car tyres slashed in a similar way just before lockdown, so somebody’s on a mission it would seem.”
Anyone who has concerns regarding people who may be breaching coronavirus legislation or other criminal activity to report it to Derbyshire Constabulary.