Hove SUV tires deflated by eco warrior group Brighton News

A CAMPAIGN group said it deflated dozens of additional SUV car tires around the city as a message to politicians.

Brighton Tire Extinguishers said 50 vehicles on Hove seafront were ‘disarmed’ in the early hours of Thursday morning.

The group said politicians had taken no action to prevent people from owning large vehicles.

SUVs are controversial because they produce greater amounts of carbon dioxide than small cars.

Rachel Khar, spokeswoman for Brighton Tire Extinguishers, said: “Brighton politicians call themselves progressive and have promised to take action on the climate crisis, air pollution and road safety.

“But our city’s public transport is terrible, our roads clogged with cars and our air polluted.

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“We are acting because our politicians don’t have the courage to make the changes we need. Our message to them is: take action, or we’ll do it for you.”

Sussex Police launched an investigation last month after claiming the tires of 250 vehicles were deflated in Brighton and Hove in one night.

Brighton Tire Extinguishers said their mission was to make it ‘impossible’ to own an SUV in urban areas, going so far as to call them ‘death machines’.

“I want to see bans on SUVs in urban areas, pollution taxes to tax SUVs, and massive investments in free and comprehensive public transport,” Rachel said.

“But until politicians make it a reality, the action of Tire Extinguishers will continue.”

The group has a handy guide to deflating tires on its website, where it also advertises that it has “no leader” and that “anyone can join”.

But SUV owners are increasingly frustrated to find their vehicles undriveable.

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 the responsible.

“We are exploring several lines of inquiry, but as always, the public is our eyes and ears.”

The group has branches in many cities, including Liverpool, Manchester and Edinburgh, as well as overseas.

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This notice was published: 2022-06-17 15:45:00

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