Victims of a woman who keyed their cars after taking issue with their parking have spoken of their anger at the middle-aged vandal’s crimes.
Sue Williams, 62, admitted keying eight vehicles belonging to her neighbours in West Kingsdown, Kent, during a spree of criminal damage in 2022 and was ordered to pay damages of £4,500 to her victims.
MailOnline can now reveal exclusive footage of the moment Williams was caught red-handed during her spree.
Williams admitted to eight counts, and the court was told that the only explanation she could give for the spree was that she was ‘feeling menopausal.’
Residents of the commuter village claim more attacks have been carried out by other culprits. Some even blaming a gang of locals turning vigilante over parking for the keying.
Locals say all the vehicles that have been targeted were parked partly on the pavement on narrow roads – believing that is why their cars were damaged.
Sue Williams, 62, took her keys and scratched eight cars, including a Mercedes and a Range Rover Vogue belonging to strangers, when she went out for walks in her local neighbourhood
Sue Williams, 62, admitted keying eight vehicles belonging to her neighbours in West Kingsdown, Kent
Working mum Natalie Hibberd, 42, had saved up for months to afford the down payment on her £42,000 SEAT Tarraco before it was keyed by Sue Williams.
Natalie lives in the leafy Kent village with her husband, her two sons, aged 11 and nine, and her seven-year-old daughter alongside their energetic boxer dog Willow.
The mother-of-three said: ‘I had to go just up on the kerb for an hour because I had just had my car serviced and we had builders here doing our extension.
‘The car was all clean and nice and I left it there when I went to do the school run and when I came back the whole side of my car was completely keyed on the driver’s side.
‘The damage is still there because I haven’t had it fixed yet.
‘I was just lucky to catch her. We didn’t have a camera but our next door neighbours did and because I knew the timeframe after I had it serviced we were able to narrow it down.
‘I don’t know Sue Williams. I only know her name because of this. I have no clue at all why she would do this.
‘Especially because if I do have to park like that it’s only because my husband is on the drive and when I do there’s more than enough room for a double buggy or a wheelchair to get through. It was just because I was getting the building work done.
‘We only bought this car because we needed more space for my children. We needed a seven-seater and there’s also ULEZ to bear in mind. I am always going back and forth from London.
‘We’ve lived around here for 12 years. This is the first time anything like this has happened to us.
‘I think the compensation is a complete joke. I’m getting £600 when this will cost £2,700 to get fixed because it’s pearlized paint.
‘Sue’s husband said in court that he would be cashing in his pension to help fully pay us back and the original judge said that we would get our money back in full but the sentencing judge reduced it.
‘They didn’t even do it proportionately to the damage. Mine was the most expensive and there were some that were also pretty high. It didn’t make any sense.
‘My son was very worried after it happened. We had to get Ring doorbell cams. I know it’s only petty crime but I still have had to help him get over this and understand that he is safe again.
‘Collectively, we are looking at taking out a private prosecution to get our money back. Maybe her husband will follow through and give everyone what it’s going to cost us because at the end of the day we are out of pocket.
‘We haven’t had the damage repaired yet because we can’t justify it with a cost-of-living crisis on.’
Natalie Hibberd (pictured) had saved up for months to afford the down payment on her £42,000 SEAT Tarraco before it was keyed by Sue Williams
Local trader Steve Rothery, in his 50s, has only lived in West Kingsdown for two years since moving from nearby Greenhithe but still saw his £70,000 Range Rover Vogue viciously scratched by Williams.
He said that he has had to get rid of the luxury vehicle and that driving it with the damage made him embarrassed because it looked like he’d done something wrong.
Steve, who lives with his wife Lisa, said he had only left his car for mere minutes while collecting keys before coming back to find the damage.
‘The compensation really doesn’t touch the sides.
‘What really p*****s me off is that she pleaded guilty and the judge said her husband would pay for all the damage, then another judge allowed her to only pay half the costs!
‘It cost me £1,200 to get the damaged fixed. It’s not something you can buff out with a bit of polish.
‘If you’ve got a nice car and you pull up anywhere and its been vandalised, it looks like I’ve p***** someone off for doing something wrong.
But Williams could be just one of a number of vigilante vandals doling out the damage.
Penny Graham, 58, had her black Ford Fiesta and her 25 year-old daughter’s black Mercedes keyed outside their family home in 2021.
Steve Rotherby (pictured) said: ‘If you’ve got a nice car and you pull up anywhere and its been vandalised, it looks like I’ve p***** someone off for doing something wrong.
She has lived in West Kingsdown for 26 years since she moved to the area from Lambeth, south London and says that her family’s vehicles have also suffered deliberate damage – but does not think Williams was the culprit.
Penny shares her home with her husband, adult son and her daughter, who works as a carer and uses her car frequently for work.
Her Fiesta and her daughter’s £8,000 Mercedes were slashed with a key in a wanton act of vandalism – with the latter vehicle keyed back and forth as many as eight times.
‘They quoted my daughter that it would cost her at least £1,000 to have her car completely resprayed because of the wild slashing.
‘Next door’s son also had his vehicle keyed. We reported it to the police but they took no further action so we got nothing.
‘It cost my neighbour about £1,000 to get his hatchback resprayed too. It was only the cars on the pavement.
‘We thought at first it was someone coming along in a mobility scooter and scraping it as it went past but there is enough room for them to get past.
‘You just feel violated. Especially when it’s outside you own house. I must admit my car was quite old anything but it could still run. But my daughter’s was a Mercedes.
‘She got it for about £8,000 and there were literally about eight scratches on it. They went really deep. She’s had to trade it in now because of this.’
Mother-of-two Laura Gale, 38, says she has seen four vehicles damaged in the village over just 18 months.
Her plush 2019 Range Rover Discovery Sport £60,000 was keyed from front to back in 2021 – just two years after she bought the four-by-four new.
But this was not the only time she saw damage to vehicles near her home.
Laura says her friend’s £40,000 Volkswagen Transport van damaged in October 2021 when it was parked outside for a night before a fishing trip to France with Laura’s partner Aaron.
Aaron’s Volkswagen Amarok pick-up truck, which sell for around £20,000 new, was also vandalised during the spree of vandalism in the village between 2021 and 2022.
Laura further detailed how a friend coming to collect her children from a playdate with Laura’s sons, eight and five, had her Toyota keyed despite being inside Laura’s house for just 20 minutes to collect them.
Laura said: ‘All my friends and family will not park anywhere near our house now. All my neighbours have to have my friends and family park on their drives now because of this.
‘I was furious. But the police can’t do anything for me unless we have video of the culprit doing it. So I am £600 down.
‘But that’s what it like in West Kingsdown. There is a gang of busy, bored, miserable pensioners thinking that they own the village. It’s a dog-walker community that keys the cars.
‘There’s no yellow lines. There’s no restricted parking. No one is breaking the law.
It is believed she cause at least £8,000 worth of damage and the court was told that the only explanation she could give was that she was ‘feeling menopausal’ (stock image of road in West Kingsdown)
‘Me and my partner both work really hard to pay for these cars and our work vans and we both felt like we’ve been hard-working people since we were young and we are just so upset that someone could just walk past and cause that much damage. It’s just ridiculous.’
Williams admitted all the offences when she appeared in court on August 14 and sentencing was adjourned.
She returned to Medway Magistrates’ Court on October 25 for sentencing, where she was placed under curfew for three months.
Sentencing Williams, magistrates told her she would be placed under curfew for three months, having to stay indoors at her home between 8pm and 6am.
They also issued her with a compensation order because the owners had been impacted by her actions and had either had to pay out for the repairs themselves or would have to pay more on their insurance policies when they renewed them, as they had made claims.
They ordered her to pay back £4,500 to the owners, with three locals awarded £500 each and the other five awarded £600.
Magistrates accepted Williams can pay back the whole amount within six months.