WATCH: Suspect tire deflators caught on CCTV in Brighton Brighton News

CCTV footage of two people believed to be linked to cars with deflated tires has been released by police.

Officers are investigating dozens of incidents of SUVs and 4x4s having deflated tires across Brighton and Hove since early March.

Police say the incidents are linked to a group called Tire Extinguishers.

At 11.45pm on Monday May 9, two people were captured by CCTV in Glynde Road, Brighton.

They can be seen crouching next to an SUV for a few seconds and then leaving the scene.

‘We have since received reports of deflated tires in Glynde Road and surrounding streets, as well as in other areas of the town,’ a Sussex Police spokesman said.

Police are looking to identify these two people in connection with the tire deflation incidents.

The Argus: CCTV of people police want to identify in connection with Brighton tire deflating incidents CCTV of people police want to identify in relation to tire deflation incidents in Brighton

If you recognize them or have information that could lead to their identification, contact the police online or by calling 101, quoting Operation Extinguisher.

Police are also appealing for information and witnesses after other vehicles were targeted.

There were several reports of incidents on the night of May 9 and 10 at Denmark Villas, Montpelier Villas and in the Queen’s Park area.

Police are appealing to anyone living in and around these areas to check video doorbell, CCTV and dash cam footage.

“If your vehicle is affected, a leaflet will be left with you explaining why your tires were deflated,” a police spokeswoman said.

“If you become a victim, please keep the leaflet, report it via 101 or online, quoting Operation Extinguisher and a PCSO will be on site to take your report.

“We are following all investigative leads and working hard to find those responsible and we appreciate the help of the public, so if you see anything suspicious or have any information, no matter how small, that may help, please contact us.”

Earlier this month, police launched an investigation after hundreds of tires were deflated by activists in a single night.

The Tire Extinguishers said their supporters were targeting 250 SUVs in Brighton and Hove in a bid to ‘make it impossible’ to own the vehicles in urban areas.

Drivers in Dawson Terrace, Brighton, woke up to find at least five vehicles on the street had been targeted.

Inspector Nicky Stuart, of the Brighton and Hove Neighborhood Policing Team, said: ‘We understand the impact of these crimes on the community, and I would like to reassure the public that our officers are working hard to catch those responsible.

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This notice was published: 2022-05-25 10:46:13

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