A DAD-OF-FIVE has blasted “cowards” who rammed his works van in an overnight hit-and-run before making off.
Trevor Jones’ white Transit van was parked outside his house in Merlin Way, on Hartlepool’s Bishop Cuthbert Estate, when another vehicle crashed into it before leaving the scene.
The incident happened sometime between Saturday night and Sunday morning and Trevor, who works for cable installation firm WT Parker, woke up to find extensive damage to three panels on his van.
Plastic debris and red paint from the other vehicle were left behind and Trevor, 47, who is married to Barbara, also 47, is appealing for help in catching the rogue driver.
He said: “I’m disappointed. It’s a cowardly act that nobody would stop and leaving it in such a state before driving off.”
He said the damage looks to run into thousands of pounds, which his company’s insurance will have to cover.
Trevor said he asked the nearby Sainsbury’s store to check its CCTV but was told it didn’t reach as far as his house, and his neighbours hadn’t seen or heard anything.
He got a crime reference number from Cleveland Police but he said he was told witnesses and a registration number would be a big help to an investigation.
Trevor is appealing for anyone with information to help him find the person responsible.
“Maybe some garage has had a red car in and they are doing repairs and the mechanic thinks something doesn’t add up,” he added.
Anyone with information should contact police on 101.