Car bashing 'work of owners, not gang'

Police inspect the damaged vehicle on Hyde St. Photo: Peter McIntosh
Police inspect the damaged vehicle on Hyde St. Photo: Peter McIntosh
A car reduced to a pummelled wreck in Hyde St, Dunedin, by what was first thought to be gang members running amok, appears to have been nothing more than the car's owners on a demolition spree.

Police said they received  a phone call from someone who saw a group of four or five people jumping on a parked car.

The caller initially said they thought the group were gang members, but later said to ignore that, as they had only "looked like a gang'', a spokeswoman said.

Instead the caller thought they were a group of students

When the Otago Daily Times arrived at the scene this afternoon  police were leaving, and the group was standing sheepishly around a red sedan.

They rejected a suggestion a gang damaged their car.

They said the car was not warranted and soon for the scrap yard, and suggested they had done the damage. 

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