Police follow climate activists after they tamper with a car, causing a near miss

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A climate activist damaged a car on Willis St on Tuesday which nearly caused an accident.

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A climate activist damaged a car on Willis St on Tuesday which nearly caused an accident.

Police are investigating after climate activists tampered with a vehicle in Wellington on Tuesday, nearly causing an accident.

The driver had returned to his vehicle on Willis St on Tuesday evening to find a leaflet on the windshield saying “your guzzler kills”.

The flyer said the tires had been deflated, but a check of the vehicle revealed no apparent damage.

However, the driver nearly crashed just past the Porirua exit ramp, onto Transmission Gully, when one of their tires deflated.

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A source involved in the investigation said a stone, or piece of gravel, had been screwed into the valve cap, causing the tire to slowly deflate.

It follows the instructions given by the global Tire Extinguishers group.

The leaflet, which has been used in other parts of New Zealand, read “you are going to be angry, but don’t take it personally. It’s not you, it’s your car.

The driver nearly crashed just past the Porirua exit ramp onto Transmission Gully when one of the tires deflated.  (File photo)

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The driver nearly crashed just past the Porirua exit ramp onto Transmission Gully when one of the tires deflated. (File photo)

“The world is facing a climate emergency,” the leaflet continues. “So far the impacts on you have probably been minimal. We need urgent action to reduce emissions immediately. We are taking action in our hands because our governments and politicians will not. »

The leaflet stated that the driver would have no problem getting around without his vehicle, on foot, by bicycle or using public transport.

Activists have not spared electric or hybrid vehicles, with the leaflet saying they are still polluting and dangerous.

Police are investigating the incident and will check CCTV footage on Willis St to try to identify the culprit.

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