Shocking CCTV shows city vandal smashing up taxi before 'leaving in another cab'

This is the shocking moment a vandal is caught on CCTV smashing up a taxi in an early morning rampage in Birmingham. Footage then appears to show him getting into another taxi before he leaves the scene.

A parked Toyota Corolla GR Sport hybrid is targeted as the alarm sounds on Edmund Road, in the Alum Rock area of Birmingham. Five high spec windows were smashed - leaving damage costing over £1,000 - following the smash at around 7.30am yesterday, Thursday, July 4.

The bashed-up motor belongs to Rozzii, a Hockley-based taxi hire specialist, with West Midlands Police investigating. The firm's chief executive Jameel Malik told BirminghamLive: "The vehicle damaged was one which we hired out to a driver. Someone has come and smashed up that vehicle.

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"He's then gone into a taxi. We've been trying to understand what motivation (might be behind this incident) and we've been struggling to understand it. He's used something to smash the windows and the back window."

One of the smashed windows after the shocking criminal damage -Credit:Rozzii
One of the smashed windows after the shocking criminal damage -Credit:Rozzii

"When something like this happens our insurance premium goes through the roof. They were already very high." Other reports suggested another car on the same street was also vandalised at around the same time, but that has not been confirmed.

A police spokesman told BirminghamLive: "We were alerted to a car being deliberately damaged in Edmund Road, Birmingham, at just after 7.30am today (4 July). We'll be carrying out enquiries and anyone with information can contact us via Live Chat on our website, or by calling 101, and quote log 621 of 4/7/24." The firm also said information can be passed to them by emailing office@rozzii.co.uk

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