Margate tow-truck bombed

2011-09-05 00:00

A VEHICLE belonging to a Margate Towing company was petrol-bombed on Wednesday night outside a popular social hang-out in St Michaels.

Shaun Roberts said his son, Trevor (22), arrived in the area just after 7 pm.

“He had gone to visit with a friend. It wasn’t long afterwards that people started rushing out saying there was a vehicle outside which was on fire.”

It was then that Trevor discovered that the vehicle belonged to them.

The vehicle was completely destroyed.

No one was hurt in the incident.

“It was definitely an arson attack. Stealing a radio from the vehicle wouldn’t make it blow up into flames,” Roberts said.

He suspects the attack was carried out by a rival towing company.

“I don’t want to point fingers, but it is someone who wants to hurt us in this business.”

A case of malicious damage to property is being investigated by Margate police.

Spokesperson Captain Gerald Mfeka said, “We are investigating the case and there has been an eyewitness who has come forward with information.”

Mfeka said the police are appealing to other people who may have seen what happened to come forward and help with the investigation.

A recent spate of hooliganism and criminal behaviour in Margate is becoming a worry for its residents.

Said Roberts, “I have lived on the South Coast all my life and I have never seen this kind of hoodlum behaviour. Bar brawls and burning vehicles?

“People really need to stand up against these things.”

Roberts said the police need to play a greater role in protecting the community.

Mfeka indicated that the police are aware of the increased incidence of violent behaviour.

“We are looking at how the police can ensure people are safe,” he said.

Mfeka added that there will be an increased visibility of the men in blue patrolling the streets to deter this violence.

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