Councillor’s Christmas ‘wrecked’ after thief steals Jaguar wing mirror in Ilford

The vandalised wing mirror. Picture: Varinder Singh Bola

The vandalised wing mirror. Picture: Varinder Singh Bola - Credit: Archant

A vandal “wrecked” Christmas for one councillor and his family after their luxury car was targeted on Friday.

Cllr Varinder Singh Bola

Cllr Varinder Singh Bola - Credit: Archant

Cllr Varinder Singh Bola (Lab, Cranbrook), caught the man on his CCTV system dumping a wing mirror glass in nearby bushes before removing the wing mirror glass from his dad’s Jaguar XF – a retirement gift recently purchased by the councillor for his dad.

The man was seen walking off with the mirror following the incident in Henley Road, Ilford, at about 9.25pm.

Cllr Singh Bola said: “On Boxing Day, my dad saw that the car mirror was missing.

“We looked through the CCTV footage and saw that it was done on Christmas day itself. My family are really upset.

“Of all days, they chose Christmas.”

The councillor, who now has to fork out £130 to repair the damage, said he was confident in the borough’s police, who are investigating the incident.

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“This is someone without a care in the world, someone that’s not prepared to do an honest day’s work. It’s a horrible person,” he said.

“Obviously, this person was not in the festive mood. He wanted to wreck Christmas for hard working families like mine.

“I hope he’s caught and he doesn’t get away with this.”

He added: “If you own a luxury car in Redbridge you will be targeted – it’s a sad state of affairs in our country.”

Police confirmed that no arrests had been made and that inquiries were ongoing.

Officers are also reviewing the CCTV footage.

Anyone with information can call police on 101 or report it anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.