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Woman left ‘gobsmacked’ after paint thrown over car in random attack

PUBLISHED: 17:03 22 September 2020 | UPDATED: 08:37 23 September 2020

Denise Osborne was left 'gobsmacked' after someone threw paint over her car. PHOTO: Denise Osborne

Denise Osborne was left 'gobsmacked' after someone threw paint over her car. PHOTO: Denise Osborne

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A woman from Lowestoft has been left ‘gobsmacked’ after her car had black paint thrown over it in a random attack.

At first Denise thought it was oil or squash on her car. PHOTO: Denise OsborneAt first Denise thought it was oil or squash on her car. PHOTO: Denise Osborne

Denise Osbourne, 51, has lived in Lowestoft all her life and works as a dispenser at Haydens Pharmacy in Park Road.

On Thursday morning last week, Miss Osbourne was shocked to discover that somebody had thrown black paint over her Suzuki Swift on Milton Road West.

She described how the area of Milton Road West has the usual crime of children damaging car mirrors and windows but that this had never happened in the area before.

She said: “It happened at some point between Wednesday morning and Thursday evening.

Denise Osbourne was 'gobsmacked' to discover that her car had black paint chucked over it. PHOTO: Denise OsbourneDenise Osbourne was 'gobsmacked' to discover that her car had black paint chucked over it. PHOTO: Denise Osbourne

“I went to go and look at my car and I came across what looked like squash or oil and I quickly discovered that it was black paint.

“I was gobsmacked, I just kept thinking to myself who would target a little Suzuki Swift.

“What’s even more bizarre is that it was only my car which was targeted on the whole street.”

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Miss Osborne and Lowestoft Police believe that the crime is a random attack because no other paint related crimes have been recorded in the area recently.

Miss Osborne said: “I believe this was a random attack by kids who have nothing better to do in the area.

“Police told me that sometimes these types of crimes are by someone who holds a grudge but I don’t know of anyone who has a grudge against me.

“Thankfully the paint has now been taken off by Jordan Hepburn from JH Valeting who I can’t thank enough for restoring my car back to new.

“He did this completely free of charge and it has restored my faith in humanity.”

A spokesperson for Suffolk Police confirmed that the crime was reported for them and are appealing for information.

They said: “We were called at 9.30pm on Thursday September 17 to reports of a black Suzuki Swift having black paint poured over it in a random attack.

“The incident happened at some point between 8am on September 16 to 5.30pm on September 17.

“Anyone with information should get in contact with Lowestoft Police on 101 and quote crime reference number 54511-20.”


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