Welwyn Garden City mum urges young vandals to own up

PUBLISHED: 17:03 21 July 2017 | UPDATED: 17:23 21 July 2017

Casey Rabie's Nissan Micra in Haymeads, Welwyn Garden City.

Casey Rabie's Nissan Micra in Haymeads, Welwyn Garden City.

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A Welwyn Garden City mother is appealing for teenagers to do the decent thing and own up after thousands of pounds worth of damage was caused to cars.

Casey Rabie's Nissan Micra in Haymeads, Welwyn Garden City.Casey Rabie's Nissan Micra in Haymeads, Welwyn Garden City.

Between 5pm and 6pm yesterday, youths were spotted running and jumping on the bonnets and roofs of vehicles in Haymeads, Welwyn Garden City, leaving dents.

One of the cars they damaged belonged to 18-year-old Casey Rabie, who has just finished her A levels at Monk’s Walk School and is soon to head off to university.

Her mum Marieke van Hoof, who is currently battling cancer, said: “My daughter has had so much to deal with and she was so proud of her car.

“She is so upset by this.

Casey Rabie's Nissan Micra in Haymeads, Welwyn Garden City.Casey Rabie's Nissan Micra in Haymeads, Welwyn Garden City.

“I have seen six cars - all of them have similar damage.

“They have footprints all over them on the roofs and bonnets.

“It’s awful.”

Casey saved hard to buy her secondhand Nissan Micra in April with a little help from her grandmother and dad.

She is now faced with a bill of £600 for the insurance excess.

Her mum, who has been undergoing chemotherapy and radiotherapy, said: “We can’t afford to fix it.

“She’s in her first year of driving so the insurance is too high.”

Mrs van Hoof has undergone 10 operations in connection with the cancer following her diagnosis in the middle of last year.

She said: “It’s been the toughest year of Casey’s life.

“I am very proud of her.

“She has been my absolute rock and I don’t know how I could have got through this last year without her.

“She’s so strong and mature. She’s unbelievable.”

Mrs van Hoof is appealing for those responsible for the damage to “do the decent thing and own up”.

She told the Welwyn Hatfield Times: “I would like them to come forward, apologise and pay for the damage.”

A police spokesman said officers were called at 6.10pm on yesterday.

He added: “Officers attended and checked vehicles for damage.

“A further report was then received at around 6.30pm of an altercation between a man and a group of youths in Blythway.

“At this stage it is believed both incidents involved some of the same group.”

•A 14-year-old male was later arrested on suspicion of a public order offence and common assault and taken into police custody.

He has been released under investigation while enquiries continue.

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