Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 14°C

min temp: 11°C


Bury St Edmunds: Charity worker among those targeted in ‘anti-wealth’ vandalism spree

12:00 23 March 2014

The Mercedes SLK 230 which was damaged while parked in Northgate Street.

The Mercedes SLK 230 which was damaged while parked in Northgate Street.


A charity worker saving up for his wedding has hit out at vandals who caused £10,000 of damage to cars during a spree targeting “the rich”.

Andrew McGowan was one of five victims of a recent spate in Bury St Edmunds that saw tyres slashed, paintwork scratched and a corrosive substance poured over vehicles.

Ashley Poultney’s Mercedes SLK 230 had to be written off as a result of the incident, while 25-year-old Mr McGowan – who only passed his driving test last year – has had to fork out for the repairs to his Ford Focus himself rather than claim it on his insurance and risk a spiralling premium.

Mr McGowan and his dad have also done their best to remove scratches rather than have them repaired professionally.

As well as having his tyres punctures, Mr McGowan’s car was scratched with anarchist symbols and writing he believes reads “rich for themselves, don’t forget the poor”.

Mr McGowan works at Cambridge-based young carers charity Centre 33, having been a young carer to his disabled parents.

“I think they’re making a very misguided political statement,” said Mr McGowan, who lives in Northgate Street.

“By targeting innocent individuals’ cars, that’s not going to get anyone on their case. We’ve got nothing to do with the decisions being made.

“We’ve had to use money we’ve put in our wedding fund to pay for the costs. It’s had a huge impact, because we really want to be putting every spare penny we’ve got towards the wedding.”

Neighbour Mr Poultney commutes to London for work every day, getting up at 5am and returning home at 8pm, and described those that did the damage as “sad”.

He added: “I work hard, I work at the weekends, and my money has been wasted. These people have made assumptions that are totally misguided.”

The incidents in Northgate Street and adjoining Cannon Street happened overnight between Saturday, March 15 and Sunday. Police are linking the attacks to an incident on the Angel Hill between 11pm on Friday, March 14 and Monday.

Anyone with information should contact Pc Charlie Birrell at Bury St Edmunds police station on 101.


  • Absolutely disgusting criminal behaviour. Of course, its probably less directly at the rich, Its Bury St Edmunds after all (not poor but not exactly millionaires row - although there are many wealthy people living in such area)... more likely indirectly targeting Conservative supporters (who politically are seen more against the working class than Labour) and those deemed to be middle class. Either way I hope the vandals are caught and brought to justice...

    Report this comment

    Ipswich Entrepreneur

    Sunday, March 23, 2014

  • Sarky Sage

    Sunday, March 23, 2014

  • Sarky Sage

    Sunday, March 23, 2014

  • Sarky Sage

    Sunday, March 23, 2014

  • Sarky Sage

    Sunday, March 23, 2014

  • Just goes to prove the mentality of some, just because someone drives a nice car it doesnt mean theyre rich. And more to the point since when has a Ford focus been a car of the wealthy. Foolish behaviour by brain dead individuals who have no respect for anyone including themselves. Hope they get caught and dealt with appropriately.

    Report this comment

    a friend

    Sunday, March 23, 2014

The views expressed in the above comments do not necessarily reflect the views of this site

Groups of ‘thugs’ went on a destructive rampage on Norwich Road in Ipswich at the weekend - kicking down garden walls, smashing bins and leaving the area looking ‘like a bomb site’.

Couples seeking help in conceiving are invited to an open day at Ipswich Hospital to meet fertility experts.

Volunteer teachers are working to transform the lives of migrants and refugees in the most deprived areas of Ipswich as part of a newly established charity.

There is slow traffic on the A12 in Suffolk this afternoon because of a broken down vehicle.

How well do you really know Ipswich?

Previously two schools, Northgate High School is currently the largest high school in Ipswich with 1,700 pupils on roll.

A man in a black T-shirt with white writing on who spoke to Corrie McKeague in Pizza Mama Mia, Bury St Edmunds, on the morning he disappeared has now been traced and spoken to.

With a love for cuddles and having their tummies tickled it seems unlikely these furry friends could be evil omens or harbingers of doom.

A former angling club secretary appeared in court yesterday charged with dishonestly abusing his position to make personal financial gains of more than £10,000.

Lucky groups of youngsters are being treated to an adventure up the River Orwell and Stour estuaries - learning about the wildlife on Suffolk’s coastlines on board a sailing boat.

Most read

Most commented


Show Job Lists

Topic pages


Newsletter Sign Up

MyDate24 MyPhotos24