15 cars trashed at West Lothian train station car park

A number of cars were trashed
A number of cars were trashed

DISGUSTED drivers returned to their cars left in a West Lothian train station car park to find them smashed up by vandals.

About 15 vehicles were targeted at Livingston North train station – with panels dented, cracked windscreens and licence plates ripped off.

Police are now understood to be probing any link to a rowdy gang of four men who kicked off with bouncers at the nearby Grand Central nightclub just before the wrecking spree late on Saturday.

“It’s just childish,” said Justin James, 29, whose BMW had its windscreen smashed. “It’s the inconvenience of it. The police have said I can’t drive it.”

The sales manager now faces being without his motor until next Wednesday – and a £100 excess insurance bill to get it fixed.

“I’d left my car there because I was out on Saturday at a pub down the road and, obviously, I didn’t want to drink and drive. I got a call from a friend who recognised my car and said he didn’t want to be the bearer of bad news but I’d had my window smashed.

“There were 15 other cars having smashed windows, kicked in doors, wing mirrors, wipers and licence plates ripped off – it was like downtown Baghdad.”

Mr James is now appealing for any witnesses in the area on a busy Saturday night to help the police inquiry.

“If anyone has information regarding the pathetic act of sheer vandalism please get in touch with either myself or the police,” he said. “The fact that someone finds it acceptable to cause thousands of pounds worth of damage is beyond me.”

The Evening News reported last week how mindless vandals left drivers thousands of pounds out of pocket after trashing 17 cars on a late-night rampage through Fountainbridge.

Raging residents reported a yob and his pal marauding through their streets in the early hours of Monday – kicking in windscreens and jumping on bonnets.

Police confirmed officers are investigating after cars were targeted in Brandfield Street, Fowler Terrace and Upper Grove Place between 1.45am and 5.15am last Monday.

Damage to cars included windows smashed, dented bodywork or attempts to crack windows – with more vehicles potentially targeted.

Officers are treating the Fountainbridge incidents as linked and are appealing for anyone whose vehicle may have been damaged and who has yet to report it to come forward.

A Police Scotland spokeswoman confirmed officers are now investigating the Livingston attacks.

Officers were also called to reports of a disturbance at Grand Central in Livingston at 11.15pm on Saturday.

“Police in West Lothian are investigating after a number of vehicles were vandalised in Livingston. Inquiries are ongoing,” said the spokeswoman.

Anyone with information can contact Police Scotland on 101, quoting incident number 0302 of August 19, or report this anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

andy.shipley@edinburghnews.com