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Tyre Extinguishers claim they targeted dozens of luxury SUVs in latest Edinburgh campaign

Dozens of expensive SUVs parked in Edinburgh had their tires deflated overnight in a campaign targeted by eco-activists

Tire extinguishers strike in Edinburgh for the EIGHTH time as eco-activists deflate the tires of 60 SUVs overnight

  • Tire extinguishers eco-defense group says it targeted dozens of SUVs
  • Activists deflated the tires of expensive vehicles in the affluent suburb of Edinburgh
  • Monday night marked the eighth such disruptive action in the Scottish capital

Dozens of expensive SUVs parked in Edinburgh have had their tires deflated overnight in a campaign targeted by eco-activists.

Around 60 vehicles, which were parked in the affluent Marchmont and Bruntsfield suburbs of the Scottish capital, were last night targeted by a climate vigilante group describing themselves as the tire extinguishers.

Range Rovers, Mazdas and Volkswagens were among the expensive motors pictured with flat tires, thanks to eco-zealots.

Protesters said the vehicles had been ‘secured’ and the areas were well served by public transport and there was no need to own a ‘tank’ – in reference to large SUVs.

A spokesperson for the group said the vehicles are ‘a climate catastrophe’, adding: ‘Tyre extinguishers want to see bans on SUVs in urban areas, pollution taxes to tax SUVs and investment massive in free and comprehensive public transport.

“But until politicians make it a reality, the tire extinguisher action will continue.”

Dozens of expensive SUVs parked in Edinburgh had their tires deflated overnight in a campaign targeted by eco-activists

Dozens of expensive SUVs parked in Edinburgh had their tires deflated overnight in a campaign targeted by eco-activists

Around 60 vehicles, which were parked in the affluent Marchmont and Bruntsfield suburbs of the Scottish capital, were targeted last night by a climate vigilante group describing themselves as the tire extinguishers.

Around 60 vehicles, which were parked in the affluent Marchmont and Bruntsfield suburbs of the Scottish capital, were targeted last night by a climate vigilante group describing themselves as the tire extinguishers.

Protesters said the vehicles had been

Protesters said the vehicles had been ‘secured’ and the areas were well served by public transport and there was no need to own a ‘tank’ – in reference to large SUVs.

Monday night marked the eighth such action in the Scottish capital, with Tire Extinguishers claiming to have secret cells operating in more than a dozen countries around the world.

In a post shared online, the eco-activists said of their protest: ‘Last night 60 SUVs were secured in the Marchmont Bruntsfield quarters of Edinburgh, Scotland.

“These uptown areas are in the middle of the city, with good public transport. It is not necessary to own a tank in Edinburgh.

Previously, activists chose to crudely target vehicles by using small obstructive objects, such as lentils, couscous or gravel, and pushing them into tire valves.

The group describes itself as “leaderless”, and on its website it announces its deflating methods and encourages people of all ages around the world to join their cause.

The group carpeted targeted vehicles with this lengthy flyer (pictured), telling drivers why they should ditch their 'gas-guzzling SUVs' and use public transport instead

The group carpeted targeted vehicles with this lengthy flyer (pictured), telling drivers why they should ditch their ‘gas-guzzling SUVs’ and use public transport instead

The Tire Extinguishers said their supporters had taken action in cities across Britain to try to “make it impossible” to own vehicles in urban areas. According to the protest group, they have been operating for six months.

Tire Extinguishers said it targeted thousands of larger vehicles because SUVs are a “climate disaster, cause air pollution, are dangerous and unnecessary”.

Eco-vigilants also said they were doing all they could to avoid targeting people with disabilities and business owners – but faced backlash after it emerged earlier this year that a person Suffering from multiple sclerosis in Bristol was among those whose cars fell victim to their protests.

Tire extinguishers have even hit those who own electric vehicles, sparking further anger at their “frustrating” cause.

SUVs feature elements of standard cars, but are larger and have off-road capabilities such as high ground clearance.

Gasoline and diesel models are generally less fuel efficient than cars.

The group called on the government to introduce “bans on SUVs in urban areas, pollution taxes to tax SUVs and massive investment in free and comprehensive public transport”.

Is deflating someone’s tire a crime in the UK?

Legal experts say that although prosecution is unlikely, the activists could in fact be committing a criminal offence.

Laura Baumanis, a criminal defense barrister at legal defense firm Olliers, told MailOnline: ‘Although it is extremely rare for someone to be prosecuted for letting air out of a tire, technically, this could be considered criminal damage.”

“For this offense to be satisfied, any damage caused need not be permanent, but is established by virtue of the fact that steps must be taken, usually at the owner’s expense, to bring the item into working order. still functioning.’

Meanwhile, Matthew Nash, a tutor at the University of Law, said if the driver failed to notice the puncture and drove away, more serious charges could be brought if he had crashed.

He said: ‘Letting air out of someone’s tires is clear criminal damage.

“Although technically the tire is not ‘damaged’, if you do something to someone else’s property and they have to do something to restore it, that is criminal damage within the meaning of criminal damages law.

“It’s possible that if they let air out of someone’s types in order to cause an accident, there could be more serious charges depending on the resulting damage or injury.

“It is also possible that there would be further violations if this was done to several cars at the same time.

Earlier this year multiple police forces confirmed they had investigated several reports of criminal damage in Brighton, Liverpool and Cambridge.

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