A mystery car vandal hunted by police has finally been collared – and revealed to be a dog.
Residents were upset that car tyres had been left repeatedly punctured over the past six months so set up CCTV in the village of Brampton, Cumbria.
The culprit caught on camera was not a feral youth but a border collie called Jess.
The dog had been sinking her teeth into tyres while on a daily walk with her owner, leaving slow punctures and flat tyres in her wake.
Pc Simon Amos, from Cumbria Police, said: “These incidents have been happening for the past six months, with many residents being very upset at the thought of someone targeting them and causing the damage deliberately.
“The dog had been seen approaching the cars and many believe that she was just sniffing at the tyres. It isn’t until you take a closer look, that you can see her biting the tyres.
“The owner has been contacted and has been very surprised and also apologetic about the whole situation. He will be now keeping Jess on a lead.
“We know that there may be other residents or visitors that may not have reported any damage to their tyres. We want to reassure them that the culprit has been identified and hopefully the damage will stop.”