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A Stroud man was left bemused after eco activists targeted his electric hybrid car overnight.

In a perplexing act of vandalism, Neil woke to find his car in Castle Street, Stroud had a flat tyre and a damaged tyre valve. On further inspection, he noticed a bizarre cryptic note placed on his windscreen with a pencil drawing of a bike and a message urging him to ditch his four wheels for two.

Neil said: “This is not activism, this is thoughtless vandalism. 

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Eco message on car windscreen Pic: Ash Loveridge

“Like most people in Stroud, I am very concerned about the nature and climate crisis. Indeed my job is majorly focused on mitigating climate change. Countering the climate crisis needs consensus, not divisive acts which play into the hands of those that wish to distract us with ‘culture wars’, and the like.

“Whomever did this should remember your neighbours, your community and regular people are not the adversary you should be fighting.”

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Castle Street, where Neil’s car was targeted Pic: Ash Loveridge

Other cars were targeted in Lower Street and Middle Street, with Neil adding Malvern Tyres had reports of similar incidents elsewhere.

Neil added: “Of course, no car is environmentally positive but the irony is not lost that my electric hybrid car was targeted. I understand many cars in the top of the town were affected, we can be thankful that no one was injured driving tampered vehicles, following these reckless acts.”

Stroud Times has contacted the Gloucestershire Constabulary for comment.

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