Moment hooded vandals smash community group’s van in random attack caught on camera

Things are pretty low at the minute anyway, but this just makes us even lower’

The moment hooded vandals smashed up a community arts organisation’s van in a random attack that has left volunteers baffled and heartbroken was caught on camera.

he vehicle was outside a director’s house in west Gorton. He said he cannot understand why the groups has been targeted and said he believes it must have been a case of mistaken identity.

Global Grooves, based in Mossley in Tameside, is a community group which helps organise carnivals and other music, dance and visual arts events.

The van is used to transport equipment, props, instruments, puppets and costumes to and from events.

Now it has been taken off the road following the random attack while it was parked outside director Eraldo Marques’ home in west Gorton.

The van’s windscreen was left cracked

CCTV footage from neighbouring properties shows two people pull up in a white van before getting out and hurling a brick at the windows before driving off.

Eraldo, 40 – who moved to the UK from Brazil in 2004 to join Global Grooves – was with his partner and 11 month old baby at their home on Trowtree Avenue when the incident happened at around 6pm on Thursday (October 8).

“My neighbour came and told me ‘someone is smashing your van’,” Eraldo said.

“I looked out and just saw the windows shattered and glass everywhere.

“All the neighbours ran out. A few told me they had footage and have given it to me.

The drivers side door window was also completely shattered

“I have reported it to police but they have said without the registration it will be difficult.

“I just don’t understand it.

“It was parked in its normal spot where it has always been for three or four years so it can’t be to do with parking.

“The thing that worries me is that there is no motive. It’s so extreme, did they think I am someone else?

“When I was cleaning up the glass I was on edge and constantly looking around in case someone was watching.”

The group now faces a costly insurance excess bill.

Eraldo says it is a bitter blow for an organisation already feeling the effects of the pandemic.

Eraldo Marques

“We have lost virtually all our funding and are just surviving on money from the government via the arts council,” he said.

“So this is not what we need.

“We’re already feeling quite low and this has made us even lower. It’s knocked our confidence even further.

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