Leeds SUV owners urged to file police report if tire extinguishers targeted their vehicle

West Yorkshire Police said they were investigating reports received since a group of so-called ‘tyre extinguishers’ claimed to have deflated the tires of 85 SUVs across Leeds overnight.

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The Tire Extinguishers shared this image on their Twitter account.

They describe themselves as “ordinary people terrified of the utter unwillingness of governments, corporations and individuals to address the climate and nature crisis”.

They say they have committed the act of deflating tires in many cities around the world, including London, in recent months.

A police spokesman said: ‘Police are investigating today following reports of tires on a number of vehicles being abandoned overnight in the Meanwood area of ​​Leeds.

“No physical damage was caused to the tires of the 4×4 type vehicles that were targeted.”

In a statement explaining their motivations, Tire Extinguishers said SUVs – even electric ones – were “simply not compatible with a livable future”.

The group claims that the tires had been deflated using the valves, without “irreversible damage”.

No blue-badged car or merchant vehicle was affected, according to the group’s statement.

Police are asking anyone whose car has been targeted but who has not yet made a report to do so.

Information can also be submitted anonymously to the independent charity Crimestoppers by calling 0800 555 111 or visiting their website.

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