Coronavirus Hero Who Delivers Food And Medicines In Tears After Vandals Wreck Her Car
Footage shows the heartbreaking moment a coronavirus hero who delivers food and medicines to elderly villagers burst into tears after vandals wrecked her car.
Helen Crouch, 41, has spent the last few weeks helping pensioners and vulnerable people who live in rural areas around Leicestershire, volunteering as a community responder.
But after she'd just taken a shepherd's pie to an elderly person on Sunday 29 March, she realised that all the tyres on her car had been punctured, she believes on purpose.
While she filmed the damage to explain to people what had happened, the single mum burst in to tears.
Speaking on the video, she said: "Do you know what, for the past two weeks I've done solid response work for two villages and somebody has stabbed every single one of my tyres.
"The car is now broken down and it was needed. I hope you're bloody proud of yourselves."
Helen's car was attacked when it was parked outside a pensioner's home in Thornton, Leicestershire, while she had delivered the emergency food.
She added: "There were leaflets advertising the response team in my back windows and everyone has seen me out and about in Thornton, Bagworth and Stanton under Bardon.
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"No other car was damaged. I think someone has deliberately targeted my car to try to stop me doing what I am doing.
"It is sick beyond belief. All four tyres have holes in. It looks like someone has used a big screwdriver to inflict the damage."
Since she volunteered her services, Helen has helped more than 100 vulnerable people, making sure they have enough food and medicine to keep them going during the coronavirus lockdown.
A fundraiser on Just Giving has raised more than £3,000 ($3,700) to replace her tyres, but then, vandals returned to smash the windows and scratched the doors.
Helen, who is a self-employed interior decorator, said: "I don't know who did it but it could be someone who thought I was breaking the restrictions by driving in my car.
"Whoever did this should be utterly ashamed of themselves. I was doing what I could for people who can't get to the shops or chemists but I can't do it without my car."
Leicestershire Police is investigating the tyre slashing.
A force spokesperson said: "We have had a report of damage to a vehicle parked in Main Street, Thornton.
"This is believed to have happened between about 7pm on March 28 and 9am the next day.
"We would ask anyone who knows anything about the incident to call us."
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