Anti-SUV activists have targeted a Jaguar Land Rover dealership in Devon, admitting it was “an of retaliation” after two children were killed when a Land Rover crashed through a fence at a school in Wimbledon in July.
Protest group Tyre Extinguishers, whose aim is to “make it impossible to own an SUV in the world's urban areas” on the grounds of climate, health and public safety", publicised on Twitter the attack that destroyed the car tyres of at least 60 vehicles at Jaguar Land Rover Exeter, part of Vertu Motors.
Tyre Extinguishers said in a statement: “SUVs are eight times more likely to kill children in crashes than smaller cars,” adding that although it was not directly responsible for the attack, “this act of retaliation is intended as a peaceful and non-violent demonstration to draw attention to the presence of grossly inappropriate private vehicles in our towns and cities.”
The group added: “Tyre Extinguishers firmly believes that their action is a necessary escalation to try and stop these vehicles from wrecking further lives and continuing to push the worsening climate crisis off the cliff edge.
“The group hopes that this action will serve as a wake-up call for all stakeholders to unite in their efforts to prevent future tragedies and make our roads safer for everyone.”
A spokesperson for Vertu Motors said: “Trespass and damage to private property are not acceptable. The matter is now in the hands of the police.”
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