A MOTOR enthusiast is counting the cost after firework yobs destroyed his four-wheel-drive car which he had spent more than £1,500 modifying so it could be driven off-road.
Roads maintenance worker Alex Yule, aged 30, returned to his home on Jaunty Lane, Base Green, after staying at his mum’s for a bonfire party, to find his pride and joy had been wrecked.
Fire destroyed the engine compartment, while the inside of the vehicle was also damaged by yesterday’s blaze, which started at about 3.30am.
Alex, who lives with his partner Steph, an accounts manager, and sons Harry, aged six, and three-year-old Billy said: “I came home to get changed for football when I saw what had happened. The first thing I noticed was the tyres had been slashed, then I saw all the damage to the engine compartment.
“I have spent a lot of money on it and it was my pride and joy. While the car is insured, the modifications are not. I’m gutted.”
Firefighters suspect a firework had been put under the vehicle.
Crews also had to put out bins which had been set on fire near the Herdings Park tram stop on ‘three or four occasions’ overnight on Saturday into Sunday.
Investigations have also taken place into the cause of a bin store fire at flats on Ironside Road, Gleadless, at 7pm on Friday.
Meanwhile, police in Chesterfield are appealing for witnesses after a car was set on fire outside a house on Church Lane, Calow, at 9pm on Friday.
n Witnesses should call police on 101.