Vandals wreck late war veteran’s car

Ian Davison with his father's car, which was damaged at the weekend.
Ian Davison with his father's car, which was damaged at the weekend.

The son of a late WWII veteran whose car has been vandalised beyond repair yesterday told how car crime in his area needs to be stamped out.

Ian Davidson, 58, said his father’s car was damaged – for the third time – on Sunday night in Loopland Park in east Belfast.

His father, Ronald Davidson, died six years ago when he was in his late 70s.

Mr Davidson, who describes himself as disabled, said: “Someone tried to take the car, but I had the battery out of it.

“They had tried this before – but now the car is going to be trashed because this time the vandals went to town. My father’s car is a Metro 1.1 which is all he could afford at the time.

“The car vandalism that goes on around here is getting worse. We have set up a neighbourhood watch scheme to try to stop it.”

Mr Davidson said his father, who joined the RAF when he was 19, “was a hero”.

“He danced with the Queen and is mentioned in dispatches,” he said. “He was from the upper Newtownards Road and he joined the air corps as a rear gunner in a Lancaster which must have been a nightmare. Going by his log book he was on 75 or 80 missions – night after night.

“When he came out of the RAF he got a job and worked his whole 65 years. He always had a company car but when he retired he got his own car, the wee Metro 1.1. These vandals have no respect for anything.”

A PSNI spokesman said: “Police in east Belfast are appealing for information after a report of criminal damage at the Loopland Road area on Sunday night. Police can be contacted on the new non-emergency 101 number.”