A Heanor mum of four says the mindless vandals who cut the brake pipes to her and her sister’s car could have killed someone.
Hairdresser Emma Boyfield, 36, of Lockton Avenue, was moments away from taking her son and daughter on the school run last Thursday when her sister Victoria returned to the home.
She told Emma her brakes had failed at the junction of Lockton Avenue and Heanor Road.
Victoria, of Doncaster, had been staying at her sister’s home overnight and initially thought it was a mechanical failure.
She had to pull on the handbrake to prevent her Seat Leon car from careering into the main road.
But when Emma tried to leave the house in her family Vauxhall Zafira - they both realised it must have been the work of vandals.
“I rolled off the drive to find that I had no brakes either.” She said.
“They hadn’t been cut all the way through, they obviously wanted us to get down the road a bit first before we realised the brakes were broken.
“I live near two schools - it could easily have been fatal, it’s not worth thinking about.”
Emma, who was about to take her son and daughter to school, aged nine and 14, said she had heard rumours about vandals causing similar damage to other cars in the Heanor and Langley Mill area before.
She believes it is a random attack and that the sisters were not targeted.
But she says the act, which would have taken place overnight between Wednesday, October 30 and Thursday, October 31, was made even more shocking by the fact she has two clearly visible baby car seats in the back of her vehicle - used to transport her one and two year old daughters.
“They would have walked round the side of the car to cut the pipes - they would have seen the baby seats for sure.”
She continued: “The sheer mindlessness of it is beyond comprehension.
“They obviously have no care for themselves or anyone else.
“It is my opinion they have deliberately set out to cause injury.
“You don’t cut someone’s brakes to cause a bit of mischief do you?
“In my eyes it’s attempted murder!”
Emma says she hopes by talking to the News - other people will be encouraged to come forward with information about the culprits.
“I just want people to be aware of it she said - and keep an eye out for it. We need to stop this before someone is killed.”
A spokeswoman for the police confirmed that the force is treating the incidents as vandalism
Police officers are carrying out enquiries in the local area.
PC Paul Bower said: “Fortunately no one was hurt by this reckless behaviour, but the consequences could have been much more serious, and potentially fatal.
“There does not seem to be any motive or connection behind these incidents but we are doing all we can to find out who is responsible and will take positive action.”
Anyone with information should contact Derbyshire police on 101 or call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111