By Bethany Gleave
Devastated holidaymakers will be forced to claim on their insurance after £235,000 worth of cars had their windows smashed and their glove boxes raided in an airport carpark.
Shocking footage from Manchester Airport’s Terminal One long stay carpark shows six vehicles with their passenger windows shattered and items including documents strewn across the seats.
The cars also had cash and mobile phones swiped from concealed compartments.
The vehicles include a £55,000 Range Rover Sport, a £61,000 BMW M3 and a £35,000 Mercedes Benz c220 Sport.
There is also a second £30,000 Mercedes Benz C-class, an Audi A4 valued at £35,000 and an £18K Mini Cooper.
In the video one of the car’s alarms repeatedly sounds following the smash and grab raid.
Mark Andrews, 24, spotted the damaged cars at 11:45am on July 8 [SUNDAY] after hearing the alarms and was shocked when he saw the glass scattered across the floor and no members of staff in sight.
Manchester Airport said it had contacted the police and would make contact with the vehicles’ owners and reminded people they park their cars at their own risk.
Mark, from Manchester, said: “There were around six or seven cars that were damaged in total.
“You can see where they have had their windows smashed as there is glass all on the floor.
“There was a Range Rover, Mercedes, a Mini Cooper and a couple of other cars. They were high end and expensive so repairs will be pricey.
“I don’t know how long they had been there for, it’s hard to tell but I’m not sure that it had only just happened.
“Whoever did this had smashed all the passenger side windows but it didn’t look like there was any more damage other than that.
“I presume it’s because the glove box is always on the passenger side so they just wanted to see what was in there.
“A couple of the cars looked as if they had been rifled through as some the drivers’ documents were scattered everywhere as well as items that had been kept in the glove box that weren’t of value.
“It’s shocking that this has happened on the airport’s grounds where you would think your car would be safe.
“I presume they would have smashed them with one of the small glass hammers so that it would make as little noise as possible and it would be a bit more discreet.
“It’s the last thing you want to be confronted with when you get back from holiday.
“These people won’t be able to get home and will also have to pay for repairs which is just any car owner’s worst nightmare, especially after a nice holiday.”
Mark claims that although he was there for 30 minutes there he didn’t see any staff on the carpark’s eighth floor where the car windows had been smashed.
Mark said: “I was there for around 30 minutes and the alarms were going off but no staff came to check the cars or investigate the alarms while I was there.”
A spokesperson for Manchester Airport said: “We are aware of a number of incidents involving vehicles being damaged over the weekend. Our car park teams are supporting GMP [Greater Manchester Police] with their investigation.”
A spokesperson for Greater Manchester Police said: “On Sunday 8 July 2018 police received a number of reports that cars had been damaged at Manchester Airport.
“The cars had been parked in a Terminal 1 car park. Several cars had their windscreens smashed, and items were stolen including money and a mobile phone.
“Enquiries are ongoing.”