Sunday, August 28, 2016

Tomato ketchup attacks spread through village

Tomato ketchup sprayed from passing cars is disturbing the normal tranquility of a quiet village in Warwickshire. A pub, houses and people have been splattered in a series of incidents in Henley-In-Arden where cars have driven past with ketchup hurled out of the window. A total of three incidents were recorded in one night, with one car targeting pedestrians walking along the road.

The first of the incidents occurred at around 8:30pm on Friday when two people walking along the road were sprayed with ketchup from a passing silver car. An incident summary from Warwickshire Police states that around the same time, a different car drove past the Three Tuns pub on the village’s High Street. Katie Trinder, general manager of the pub, said a launched bottle missed people sitting outside by inches.

She said: “I think it was people who were very bored and didn’t have anything better to do other than to target houses and residents in the village. It was nice, everyone was sat outside. Next thing they know, there’s a ketchup bottle being launched at them, and when you see that coming, it isn’t the nicest thing. It went absolutely everywhere. The ketchup went all up the walls, hanging baskets, benches and even caught a few people. I helped in the clean up.

“I just don’t understand the mentality of some people and why they think it is right.” The three incidents reported to Warwickshire Police were all within a few hours of each other. A blue car drove past the pub at around 8:30pm splattering several customers, and around the same time, the silver car targeted two people walking along the road. A separate incident of a house being covered in ketchup was also reported.

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