Eco-vigilantes caught on CCTV deflating tyres of SUV cars

Eco-vigilantes caught on CCTV deflating tyres of SUV cars

May 25, 2022

Hunt for eco-vigilantes caught on CCTV deflating tyres of SUV cars across seaside towns – after vandals bragged they wouldn’t be caught

  • Eco-vigilantes Tyre Extinguishers were caught on CCTV letting air out of SUVs
  • Two people dressed in black can be seen crouching down next to the vehicle
  • Do you know the pair, or have your tyres been deflated? Email: [email protected]

CCTV has been released showing eco-vigilantes letting the air out of tyres from SUVs before casually strolling off in a seaside town.  

The ‘Tyre Extinguishers’ group has become a plague on cities and towns across the UK, deflating nearly 2,000 SUVs. 

They travelled to East Sussex to carry out their latest operation and in CCTV released by police, two people dressed in black can be seen crouching down next to an SUV and letting the tyres down, before fleeing the scene.

Sussex Police has now launched a manhunt for the pair.  

The Tyre Extinguishers who have become a plague on cities and towns across the UK after deflating nearly 2,000 SUVs recently arrived in East Sussex to carry out their operation

CCTV has been released showing eco zealots letting the air out of tyres from SUVs before casually strolling off

Do YOU know the pair, or have your tyres been deflated?

Email: [email protected] 

The group of vigilantes thought to be behind the latest spate of attacks in Brighton and Hove see the large vehicles as a ‘climate disaster’, ‘dangerous’ and ‘unnecessary’. 

Tyre Extinguishers – which has hit electric vehicles and stopped people from getting to hospital appointments – have previously bragged they will not be caught.

A spokeswoman for the group claimed last month that unless the police guard SUVs 24/7 they ‘don’t expect anyone to be apprehended’.

Sussex Police released the footage of the two people after a dozens vehicles had their tyres deflated in Brighton and Hove.

At around 11.45pm on Monday, May 9, the two people in this footage were captured on CCTV in Glynde Road, Brighton.

Legal experts say that although prosecution is unlikely, the activists could actually be committing a criminal offence.

Laura Baumanis, a criminal defence solicitor at legal defence firm Olliers, told MailOnline: ‘Whilst it is extremely rare for someone to be prosecuted for letting the air out of a tyre, technically, it could be classed as criminal damage.

‘For this offence to be satisfied, any damage caused does not have to be permanent, but is made out by virtue of the fact that steps need to be taken, ordinarily at expense to the owner, for the item to be in a working condition again.’

Matthew Nash, tutor at The University of Law, said if the driver failed to notice the flat tyre and drove away, more serious charges could be brought it they crashed.

He said: ‘Letting out air from someone’s tyres is clear criminal damage. Although technically the tyre is not ‘damaged’, if you do something to someone else’s property and they need to do something to restore it, that is Criminal Damage within the meaning of the Criminal Damage Act.

‘It is possible that if they let the air out of someone’s types so as to cause an accident, there could be more serious charges depending on the resulting damage or injury.

‘It is also possible that there could be other offences if this were done to many cars at the same time.’

Three police forces have confirmed they are investigating multiple reports of criminal damage in Brighton, Liverpool and Cambridge. 

SUVs feature elements of standard cars but are larger and have off-road capabilities such as high ground clearance.

Petrol and diesel-powered models are generally less fuel efficient than cars.

The Tyre Extinguishers describes itself as ‘leaderless’ and encourages people to take action by reading instructions on how to deflate tyres on its website.

The group, which first took action on March 7, said in a statement: ‘So far, the Tyre Extinguishers have disarmed nearly 2,000 SUVs in the UK, in Brighton, London, Manchester, Birmingham, Sheffield, Bristol and Edinburgh, in repeated actions.

‘Plans are being made to launch the Tyre Extinguishers leaflet in four other languages as interest grows internationally.’

Marion Walker, a spokeswoman for the Tyre Extinguishers, said: ‘Unless a bobby is posted beside every SUV in the country 24 hours a day, we don’t expect anyone to be apprehended.

‘Better to break the law than allow these killer vehicles to continue to be used on our streets.’

Activists are urged to avoid SUVs ‘clearly used’ by people with disabilities or by tradespersons.

However, they have hit people with disabilities like Kate Basker, 33, who was alerted by a neighbour to a flat tyre on her Jaguar F-Pace.

On Tuesday, March 8, a leaflet was left under the windscreen wipers made it clear it was not an accidental puncture.

‘On bad days I certainly can’t walk the ten minutes to a bus stop then wait the 30 minutes for a bus that may or may not come because Bristol transport is terrible,’ Mrs Basker said.

‘I’m all in favour of action to combat climate change. But skulking around at night and damaging people’s property is not the way to raise awareness.

‘I feel we’ve been subjected to bullying, intimidating behaviour. It’s shocking to find out that someone has decided we’re fair game just because of the car we drive, not knowing anything about us.’


Police would like to identify these two people in connection with a series of vehicles having their tyres deflated in Brighton and Hove. Officers are investigating dozens of incidents of SUV-type vehicles having the air let out of their tyres since the beginning of March, believed to be linked to a group calling themselves ‘Tyre Extinguishers’

A new eco mob calling themselves Tyre Extinguishers claim they targeted almost 2,000 SUVs across the UK in the last month, and let air out of the tyres in a bid to have them banned from roads

As a multiple sclerosis sufferer, Kate Basker never quite knows when or how the condition will affect her. ‘It’s shocking to find out that someone has decided we’re fair game just because of the car we drive, not knowing anything about us,’ the 33-year-old from Bristol said

‘They even targeted our hybrid car!’ 

Iren Brown and her husband Nick woke up to find all four tyres on the family’s part-electric Toyota Rav 4 had been deflated by activists.

Mr Brown, 64, from Brighton, had to cancel a hospital appointment.

Mrs Brown, 43, said: ‘The Toyota is a hybrid electric car which we bought because we were being mindful of the environmental impact our previous diesel car was having. 

‘But these activists have not taken that into consideration. 

‘I’m so angry because everyone is behind their cause but their tactics are indiscriminate and scattershot.’

The mother-of-two, a kitchen designer, added: ‘Nick is quite a serious diabetic and we may have need to access a vehicle in an emergency. 

‘Their actions could have been dangerous.’

Some of the SUVs that have had their tyres let down also included electric and hybrids.

Iren Brown from Brighton, had to cancel a hospital appointment after her and her husband Nick woke up to find all four tyres on the family’s part-electric Toyota Rav 4 had been deflated by activists.

Mrs Brown, 43, said: ‘The Toyota is a hybrid electric car which we bought because we were being mindful of the environmental impact our previous diesel car was having.

‘But these activists have not taken that into consideration.

‘I’m so angry because everyone is behind their cause but their tactics are indiscriminate and scattershot.’

The mother-of-two, a kitchen designer, added: ‘Nick is quite a serious diabetic and we may have need to access a vehicle in an emergency.

‘Their actions could have been dangerous.’

Legal experts say that although prosecution is unlikely, the activists could actually be committing a criminal offence.

Laura Baumanis, a criminal defence solicitor at legal defence firm Olliers, told MailOnline: ‘Whilst it is extremely rare for someone to be prosecuted for letting the air out of a tyre, technically, it could be classed as criminal damage.

‘For this offence to be satisfied, any damage caused does not have to be permanent, but is made out by virtue of the fact that steps need to be taken, ordinarily at expense to the owner, for the item to be in a working condition again.’

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