Tyre-slasher spared jail

nrhn 200613''One of the victims of a spate of car tyres slashed in Swanwick overnight between June 12 and 13.
nrhn 200613''One of the victims of a spate of car tyres slashed in Swanwick overnight between June 12 and 13.

A Newstead man who went on a tyre-slashing spree, which included damaging 23 vehicles in Swanwick, has been spared jail.

On Thursday, June 13, more than 65 residents in Swanwick, Rainworth, Blidworth and Calverton woke to find the tyres on their vehicles had been slashed.

A police investigation followed and officers arrested Warren Roy Leivers-Jackson, a homeless a drug addict who had been in and out of rehabilitation for the last ten years.

Nottingham Crown Court heard on Thursday that between Sunday June 9 and Monday 10 this year, the 31-year-old had discharged himself from a rehabilitation centre and returned to his family home in Newstead where he had collected his white BMW.

He was later seen driving at speed, and on the wrong side of the road, in Oaktree Lane, Mansfield.

Officers were led to Leivers-Jackson after he was reported to have borrowed a kitchen knife from a resident in Rainworth earlier that morning ‘to cut a rope tied to his car’. Instead he slashed tyres on at least 29 different cars before driving to Blidworth, where he targeted at least four cars as well as 11 cars in Calverton.

Leivers-Jackson then travelled on to Swanwick, where he was subsequently charged with damaging 23 vehicles between June 12 and June 13. The vehicles were parked on High Street, Minister Way, New Street and Pentrich Road and it cost residents hundreds of pounds to replace the tyres.

Jenny Thorp, who discovered a tyre ripped open on her car, spoke to the News the next day: “I just don’t understand the mentality of it. It’s been the talking point in the shop ever since. We were all angry on Thursday morning. I think there were at least two or three people that couldn’t get to work as a result.”

Leivers-Jackson pleaded guilty to criminal damage and dangerous driving at a previous hearing and was sentenced to an 18 month jail sentence, suspended for two years,

Case Investigator Nikki Wiley from Mansfield CID said: “Leivers-Jackson’s actions seem to be rooted in his extensive drug habit and a recent relationship breakdown. I hope our investigation shows that Nottinghamshire Police will not tolerate criminal damage and any behaviour which makes our communities feel unsafe.”