Surrey

Car vandalised with woman inside in Bletchingley

A woman whose parked car was attacked while she was inside has said it felt as though a bomb had gone off.

The attack on her vehicle in Bletchingley on Sunday evening is one of a series in which windows of homes and buildings were smashed.

"I thought someone had smashed into me," she said. "It was deliberate because my lights were on so they could see someone was inside."

Surrey Police said it was investigating incidents across Tandridge district.

Windows were also smashed in Godstone, South Nutfield, Caterham, Merstham, Redhill, Chaldon and Whyteleafe on the same evening.

'Horrific experience'

The woman, who does not want to be named, had parked in a lay-by before going to work nearby.

Her passenger window was smashed in the attack, with the inside of the car showered with glass.

"It felt like someone had rammed into me," she said.

"If I'd had my dogs in the car they would have been right in the firing line or a child in the passenger seat would have got everything.

"It was like a bomb had gone off. It was a horrific experience."

She said police who answered her 999 call told her the window might have been hit with a missile fired from a catapult, possibly a spark plug which exploded on impact.

Insp Dan Gutierrez said police wanted anyone who may have been the victim of a similar attack but not reported it to come forward.

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