‘Tyre Extinguishers’ hit cars parked in Grove Park 

Image above: Car targeted by the ‘Tyre Extinguishers’ in Grove Park on the night of Monday 28 November

SUV owners find their tyres let down

Owners of SUVs in the Grove Park area of Chiswick woke up this morning to find their tyres had been let down.

Members of the group who call themselves the ‘Tyre Extinguishers’ let down the tyres of SUVs in Whitehall Gardens, Whitehall Park Road and Wolseley Gardens just south of the A4 on the night on Monday 28 November. They claim to have let down the tyres of 30 cars in Chiswick.

They left yellow leaflets on the cars explaining why they had done it. The leaflet reads:

‘We have deflated one or more of your tyres. You’ll be angry, but don’t take it personally. It’s not you, it’s your car.

‘We did this because driving around urban areas in your massive vehicle has huge consequences for others.

‘Car companies try and convince us we need massive cars. But SUVs and 4x4s are a disaster for our climate. SUVs are the second-largest cause of the global rise in carbon dioxide emissions over the past decade – more than the entire aviation industry.’

The leaflet goes on to talk about climate change, and says if the car owner does not care about the effects of climate change on far away places – drought, hurricanes and flooding causing forced migration and starvation – then they should think about the effect their car has on their neighbours:

‘SUVs cause more air pollution than smaller cars. SUVs are more likely to kill people in collisions.”

This is not the first time SUV owners in Chiswick have been hit. In March Homefield Road off Chiswick High Rd suffered the same treatment.

The Tyre Extinguishers are an international protest group who carry out similar protests across many European countries. Last night’s action was part of a worldwide protest in which members also hit targets in the Netherlands, France, Germany, Sweden, Austria, Switzerland and the USA.

Altogether the group says it deflated the tyres of nearly 900 vehicles. Other areas of the UK where they struck were Kensington, Clapham, Islington, Hammersmith and Camden in London, as well as several areas of Leeds, Bristol and Dundee.

Update 5 December – response from the Metropolitan Police

A spokesperson for the Met told The Chiswick Calendar:

“We are aware of a statement by Tyre Extinguisher alleging damage to vehicles at various locations in London by them.

“We ask that reports of this nature are made through the Met’s website and we will assess these to establish whether offences have been committed.”

He told us the police would regard letting down someone’s tyres as ‘vehicle interference’ rather than criminal damage.

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