A town centre worker was left furious when police refused to come out after her car was trashed by yobs.
Vicki Fraser, 57, of Clayton West, returned to her Volkswagen Golf in Beck Road, Huddersfield, to find the windscreen cracked and the bonnet badly dented.
Travellers have set up camp at empty business units nearby and Mrs Fraser ended up being confronted by an aggressive traveller.
Mum-of-two Mrs Fraser said: “I was just so angry at what had happened. The windscreen had cracks in it and there were massive dents in the bonnet.
“I looked across at the unit where there are 10 or 15 caravans and one of the men started looking back at me and being abusive. He was saying ‘what are you looking at?’ and ‘have you got a problem?’ I was furious and the kids in the caravans were just laughing at me.”
Mum-of-two Mrs Fraser picked up her phone to ring police and the man continued to be abusive, denying any of them had caused the damage to the car.
Mrs Fraser rang police and were told officers would attend. But half-an-hour later they rang back to say they had no-one available and that she should go home.
She drove home and rang the police who said they would come out the following day but Mrs Fraser was due in Portsmouth at son Sam’s Royal Navy passing out ceremony and officers agreed to visit on Saturday instead.
Mrs Fraser, a negotiator at an estate agent’s, regularly parks in Beck Road along with many other town centre workers. She had been to a colleague’s leaving do on Wednesday night and returned at 7.30pm to find her car had been pelted with stones.
“It was a horrible experience and I am just so appalled that people can get away with this,” she said. “No-one will feel safe there now.”
Mrs Fraser said there were as many as 10 dents in the bonnet and the windscreen was beyond repair. The Golf, an 02 plate, is at a garage and may be written off.
West Yorkshire Police confirmed officers were called to a report of criminal damage to a car in Beck Road and a spokesman said: “Unfortunately police were unable to attend as all available officers were committed on other calls.
“The victim was advised to go home and officers would make arrangements to take a statement from her about the incident.
“The lady was unavailable on Thursday and Friday due to other commitments.”