Vandals strike again - three car windows smashed on Ryleys Lane

Motorists and local residents are urged to be vigilant as cars parked on Ryleys Lane are once again having their rear windows smashed.

In 2017 there were a spate of these incidents which culminated in November 2017 with five reports of damage to vehicles in seven days.

As a result police announced they would be providing an increased presence in the village and making enquiries at nearby homes to try and capture those responsible for the vandalism.

The problem seemed to have gone away but over two years later it has returned as the rear windscreens of three cars were smashed on Wednesday, 15th January, whilst parked on Ryleys Lane.

One victim parked their car directly opposite the end of Redesmere Drive about 9am and returned at 1pm to find the back window had been smashed.

The driver said "At first I thought maybe it was ladders or something and someone had reverse into my car. But on further inspection I found a stone sitting in my back seat.

"I started to go along the road and see if anyone else's car had also been smashed and I found two others."

Adding "The cars are not parked infront of anyone's driveway as you can see from the photos.

"The reason I park there is because it's not really in front of anyone's house."

One of the cars which had a smashed rear window was parked about 4 cars behind, nearer to the station, whilst the third car was parked facing the other way between Eaton Drive and the entrance to Ryleys School.

Anyone with any information about these incidents, or any others which were not reported to the police, should contact Cheshire Police on 101. Alternatively information can be reported anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.

Ryleys Lane


Here's what readers have had to say so far. Why not add your thoughts below.

Sarah Cairns
Friday 17th January 2020 at 2:36 pm
This can’t keep happening!!! This has happened to twice to me, my current car (reported on here) and my old one, both parked on Ryleys Lane!! How can this keep being ignored and assumed an accident? Something needs to be done as thousands of pounds worth of damage has been caused now, by what one can only assume to be a repeat offender
David Hadfield
Saturday 18th January 2020 at 9:40 pm
What an absolute disgrace …… what idiot is doing this ?
Just one observation …. it looks as though each of the cars in the photos are parked on the "wrong" side of the road, namely, facing against the flow of traffic ?
Maybe some lunatic is trying to prove some sort of legal point ?
Peter Hallmark
Saturday 18th January 2020 at 10:39 pm
I think there was another vehicle damaged by Ryleys farm because it looked smashed when I drove past on Wednesday I think. There was a glass repair van next to it. Might be connected or not, I'm not sure.
Sarah Cairns
Monday 20th January 2020 at 12:33 pm
David Hadfield - could be... however each time it happened to me I was facing in a different direction. Most cars that frequently park there do park facing the flow of traffic. Just an awful person who thinks it’s acceptable to repeatedly vandalise people’s property. It’s scary really
James MacDonald
Saturday 25th January 2020 at 1:33 pm
RE: parking directly opposite the end of Redesmere Drive

Rule 243 of the Highway Code states you must not park opposite or within 10 metres (32 feet) of a junction, except in an authorised parking space.

This is to allow drivers emerging from, or turning into, the junction a clear view of the road they are joining. It also allows them to see hazards such as pedestrians or cyclists at the junction.

I doubt the vandalism was due to this parking offence, although parking offences can be witnessed on just about every street in the area.
Paul Williams
Sunday 26th January 2020 at 10:48 pm
Just a technical point.

Rule 243 of the Highway Code does not say "you must not park opposite or within 10 metres (32 feet) of a junction, except in an authorised parking space."

It says
"DO NOT stop or park.......etc"

Where as
Rule 242....You MUST NOT....etc
Rule 244 ...You MUST NOT....etc
Rule 245....You MUST NOT....etc

Sorry to be pedantic but there is an important difference.

Obviously, none of this is any comfort to the people who have been victims of this vandalism.