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Environmental campaigners deflate hundreds of tyres in Scotland

ENVIRONMENTAL campaigners in Scotland let down the tyres of hundreds of vehicles today.

Edinburgh Tyre Extinguishers targeted about 200 cars in the city and in Dundee.

They also deflated the tyres of about 20 sports utility vehicles (SUVs) in Edinburgh in a bid to “make it impossible” to own such cars in cities.

The group operates across Britain, with members estimating that they have let down the tyres of about 4,000 vehicles in Brighton, Bristol and London.

Today’s action is understood to have been the fifth targeted action in the Scottish capital since March. Edinburgh Tyre Extinguishers says that the availability of public transport in the city makes SUVs “unnecessary” there.

A spokesman for the group said: “We are defending ourselves against climate change, air pollution and unsafe drivers.

“We’re taking this action because governments and politicians have failed to protect us from these huge vehicles. Everyone hates them, apart from the people who drive them.”

Police Scotland said that the force had received several reports of tyres being deflated across Edinburgh.

Superintendent Mark Rennie condemned such behaviour as “reckless.”

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