A coronavirus hero who delivers food and medicine to elderly villagers burst into tears after vandals wrecked her car in heartbreaking footage.   

Helen Crouch, 41, has spent a fortnight volunteering as a community responder in Leicestershire to help pensioners who live in rural communities amid the nationwide lockdown.

But after taking a shepherd’s pie to an elderly person in Thornton on Sunday, the single mother discovered all four tyres on her VW Touareg had been punctured. 

Vandals later returned to smash the windows and scratch the body of the vehicle. 

Helen Crouch, who delivers food and medicine to elderly villagers, burst into tears after vandals wrecked her car (pictured) in heartbreaking footage

Helen Crouch, who delivers food and medicine to elderly villagers, burst into tears after vandals wrecked her car (pictured) in heartbreaking footage

Helen Crouch, who delivers food and medicine to elderly villagers, burst into tears after vandals wrecked her car (pictured) in heartbreaking footage

In a clip, Ms Crouch broke down in tears as she filmed the damaged car. 

‘Do you know what, for the past two weeks I’ve done solid response work for two villages and somebody has stabbed every single one of my tyres,’ she said.    

‘The car is now broken down and it was needed. I hope you’re bloody proud of yourselves!’

Ms Crouch’s car was attacked after she parked it outside a pensioner’s home on Main Street in Thornton, Leicestershire.  

Helen Crouch (pictured) has spent a fortnight volunteering as a community responder in Leicestershire to help pensioners who live in rural communities amid the lockdown

Helen Crouch (pictured) has spent a fortnight volunteering as a community responder in Leicestershire to help pensioners who live in rural communities amid the lockdown

Helen Crouch (pictured) has spent a fortnight volunteering as a community responder in Leicestershire to help pensioners who live in rural communities amid the lockdown

Pictured: Ms Crouch's slashed tyres

Pictured: Ms Crouch's slashed tyres

Pictured: Ms Crouch's slashed tyres

Pictured: Ms Crouch's slashed tyres

After taking a shepherd’s pie to an elderly person in Thornton on Sunday, the single mother discovered all four tyres on her VW Touareg had been punctured (pictured)

She said: ‘There were leaflets advertising the response team in my back windows and everyone has seen me out and about in Thornton, Bagworth and Stanton under Bardon.

‘No other car was damaged. I think someone has deliberately targeted my car to try to stop me doing what I am doing.

‘It is sick beyond belief. All four tyres have holes in. It looks like someone has used a big screwdriver to inflict the damage.’

Since volunteering her services, Ms Crouch has helped more than 100 vulnerable people receive food and medicines during the coronavirus lockdown.

A Just Giving page raised more than £1,000 so the mother could replace her tyres, but vandals returned to smash the windows and scratch the doors.  

Vandals later returned to smash the windows and scratch the doors of her vehicle (pictured)

Vandals later returned to smash the windows and scratch the doors of her vehicle (pictured)

Vandals later returned to smash the windows and scratch the doors of her vehicle (pictured)

Since volunteering her services, Ms Crouch has helped more than 100 vulnerable people receive food and medicines during the coronavirus lockdown

Since volunteering her services, Ms Crouch has helped more than 100 vulnerable people receive food and medicines during the coronavirus lockdown

Since volunteering her services, Ms Crouch has helped more than 100 vulnerable people receive food and medicines during the coronavirus lockdown

Ms Crouch, a self-employed interior decorator, said: ‘I don’t know who did it but it could be someone who thought I was breaking the restrictions by driving in my car.

‘Whoever did this should be utterly ashamed of themselves.

‘I was doing what I could for people who can’t get to the shops or chemists but I can’t do it without my car.’

Leicestershire Police has confirmed it is investigating the tyre slashing.

A force spokesperson said: ‘We have had a report of damage to a vehicle parked in Main Street, Thornton.

‘This is believed to have happened between about 7pm on March 28 and 9am the next day.

‘We would ask anyone who knows anything about the incident to call us.’

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