VANDALS wrecked four cars belonging to the same family in a suspected targeted attack.
Now Zulfiqar Ali is worried the people responsible for causing thousands of pounds worth of damage by pouring paintstripper on the vehicles on Arnold Avenue in Birkby could escalate the violence.
And he has absolutely no idea why he should be targeted in this way.
Mr Ali, 44, shares a house on the road with his parents Baghali Ali and Zubaida Bagum, wife Shaheen Akhtar, sister Naila Parvin, brother Zubair and two children Faizan, 11, and Zakiya, seven.
Two of his cousins live on the same street.
Among the cars damaged were a new £10,300 Toyota Yaris owned by his father, his cousin Nazim Hussain’s BMW 735, a VW Golf owned by his other cousin, Shaurkat Ali, and his own Toyota Avensis.
A Ford Mondeo belonging to a neighbour was also damaged – but Mr Ali believes the attacker mistook it for a similar car he used to own.
None of the dozens of other cars on the street have been targeted.
Mr Ali said: “This is a targeted thing. There’s only a few people who know which cars belong to us.
“If someone is trying to cause financial problems, you don’t know what else they’re capable of.
“I have got parents in their late 70s with their own health problems and I’m worried this could erupt into something bigger.
“It’s getting to a stage where the police need to get involved.”
The incident happened after Mr Ali – who is a councillor in Rochdale but also works as a taxi driver – returned home at about 12.45am after a night at work.
He was alerted by a neighbour at 3am, who saw the damaged cars.
It follows an incident in October when a window was smashed at the house in Birkby on the same night as one was smashed at his house in Rochdale.
Mr Ali believes the same culprits were responsible – but does not think the attacks are connected to his work as a councillor.
“We have lived here almost 20 years and we don’t have any problems with anyone,” he said.
“We never had any grudge against anyone and can’t see why anyone would want to do this.
“If they have a problem with any of us they should come and talk to us and sort it out.
“I think it’s the lowest of the low, issuing threats to my parents who are in their 70s. They don’t need this at this time in their lives.”
A police spokesman said extra patrols had been carried out in the area following the incident.
He added: “All we can do is appeal for further witnesses to come forward. Without further lines of inquiry, it is difficult to progress investigations.”
Anyone with information should call police on 0845 6060606 or Crimestoppers free and anonymously on 0800 555111.