Suleman Mohammed, 61, who has lived in Nether Edge all his life, was woken up at around 9am on Monday (June 29) to news his beloved Nissan Juke had been sprayed with a foam which has solidified and stuck to the car. The car was parked on Abbeydale Road overnight.
The taxi driver said attempts to remove the foam have damaged the paintwork. He estimated the cost of repairs to “easily” be in the thousands.
Suleman said: “It just surprised me how people gave their support. I’m really grateful to them. We’re a good community around here, I’m just so lucky to be here.
“I can’t read so I wanted to say thank you. People were advising me what to do and some people said it was a nice car.”
The car cost Suleman £9,000 when he purchased it nearly three years ago and he has spent more money on customising it.
He said: “I love my car, it’s really special. I just liked to see fancy things on it.
“I didn’t want to look at my own car because the damage was hurting me inside. My heart can’t see that.”
Suleman said he has not yet tried to fix the damage as he is still too upset about what’s happened. The police told him they are going to check CCTV next to Pittstop Tyres, where the car was parked when it was vandalised.
The father-of-three, who uses a different car for work, added: “I’m just worrying now, what if they do to my wife’s car what they did to mine?
“I never had any cars and I just wanted to buy something good. I could only afford this and slowly built it up.”
He admitted he does not know who caused the damage, or why.
Suleman said: “Whoever did it, what are they get going to get out of this? It’s very low-minded, it shouldn’t happen to anyone.
“What have I done to you? I haven’t had fights, I just went to work and helped my children. My two girls are at university and my boy is 13.”