AN 18-strong gang smashed up a car with a wrench, a baseball bat and multiple kicks while a terrified man and three teenagers cowered inside.
The attack happened in Spalding on Saturday night as the gang – intent on stealing alloy wheels – boxed in the victim’s car outside Sainsbury’s on Holland Market.
The car belongs to an 18-year-old apprentice carpenter, who was in the back seat chatting to a girl of 16 when five vehicles swooped in and trapped the silver Vauxhall Corsa inside a circle.
A box cutter knife – which has snap-off blades – was brandished during the melee.
Two Spalding Grammar School boys – both aged 15 – sat in the front seats as baseball bat blows rained down on the windscreen.
One blow shattered the windscreen but luckily the glass stayed in place.
Wrench blows pounded the passenger side and kicks struck all round the car.
The young driver, who does not wish to be named, said: “I am just glad I didn’t get out of my car. I would easily have been in hospital if I had got out.
“They kept on shouting ‘come on Spalding boys, get out’.”
The driver told his friends to keep quiet and after about five minutes a woman in one of the assailants’ vehicles said she thought there had been enough damage and it was time to go.
The cars sped off and left by the exit near the petrol station.
The Corsa was the Spalding lad’s pride and joy – it was a gift from his dad when he passed his driving test and the alloys were a birthday present from his uncle.
He was so frightened after Saturday’s ordeal he stayed at his grandparents’ house rather than his own Spalding home.
He said: “I am frightened to go out in my own car again and I am frightened to go into the car park. I don’t want to, I don’t want the same thing to happen again.”
The driver, a former pupil at Donington’s Thomas Cowley High School, said the incident happened at about 9.45pm and police were alerted by a man coming off shift from Sainsbury’s.
When the gang first arrived, they spilled beer into the car through the front passenger-side window but the boy passenger wound up the window and they all sat tight.
The youngsters themselves were too terrified to use their mobiles.
The driver said there were two similar attacks that night but in each case the victims managed to drive off but he couldn’t do that because his car was completely boxed in and he was in the back seat.
A police spokesman said: “This was a particularly nasty incident which has left the victim frightened and traumatised. We appeal for witnesses – or anyone who has further information – to come forward.”
Police are looking for a Mitsubishi L200 green/blue pick-up, a white Vauxhall Astra highway maintenance van with yellow lights on top and red/yellow chevrons on the back, a green Ford Fiesta, a black Vauxhall Corsa with blacked out windows and red Vauxhall Corsa. Both Corsas were C models.
Witnesses are asked to contact Spalding Police Station on 0300 1110300 or call Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555111.