Activists deflate tyres of 40 SUVs in 12th attack on city vehicles

Vehicles were targeted in Edinburgh on Tuesday night by the Tyre Extinguishers group.

Climate activists deflate tyres of 40 SUVs in Edinburgh’s New Town area The Tyre Extinguishers via Supplied

Climate campaigners have deflated the tyres of 40 SUVs in Edinburgh – the 12th time that action has been taken in the city by the group.

The Tyre Extinguishers targeted vehicles in the New Town area overnight on Tuesday.

Activists argued that “people are dying because of these massive unsafe cars”.

Previously, the group targeted vehicles in Bruntsfield, Leith, Portobello, Marchmont and The Grange.

In a statement published on Wednesday morning, along with photographs of cars that had their tyres deflated, the group said there is “no need to own a tank in Edinburgh”.

Elspeth, a spokesperson for TX Edinburgh said: “Nobody living in the city centre needs to drive a tank. We will continue our actions until Edinburgh Council starts creating a city focused around people, not cars.

“People are dying because of these massive unsafe cars, because of air pollution and climate change – and the City Council administration has no serious plans to change this.”

Police Scotland have been contacted for comment.