Ipswich: Teens cautioned after more than 30 cars vandalised in Whitton and Whitehouse
09:46 01 April 2014
Two 15-year-old boys have been cautioned after 32 cars were damaged in a five-week vandalism spree in north-west Ipswich.
The vast majority of the incidents, many which occurred between Christmas Eve and Boxing Day, happened on the Whitton and Whitehouse estates.
In total vehicles in nine roads were targeted with the damage caused thought to run into a four-figure sum.
Wing mirrors and wiper blades were vandalised and broken, paintwork was scratched and one car had a dent put in its bodywork.
Eight of the cars were in Waterford Road, six were in Stratford Road, six were in Swinburne Road, and Galway Avenue and Lovetofts Drive each had three vehicles damaged.
Two cars were vandalised in All Saints Road, while there was one each in Cavan Road, Whitehouse Road, Burke Road and Kildare Avenue.
At least 24 cars were targeted over the Christmas period. The other incidents occurred between November 27 and December 19.
Four teenagers were arrested early this year on suspicion of criminal damage and were taken to Martlesham police investigation centre for questioning.
They were released on bail pending further enquiries.
Two of the 15 year old suspects have now been told they will face no further actions.
However, the other two 15 year olds have admitted being responsible for the vandalism and have been given police cautions.
As part of the conditions of their cautions they will have to work with the youth offending team within 20 days.
Failure to do so will mean they will be charged and appear before Ipswich’s youth court.
Natalie Doughty, a spokeswoman for Suffolk Constabulary, said: “The linked incidents of criminal damage were all thoroughly investigated by Suffolk Police. Following the enquiries made by officers four teenagers from Ipswich were arrested and questioned.
“A package was put together in relation to the crimes, which was then passed to the Crown Prosecution Service.
“As a result two of the teenagers will face no further police action while the other two have been cautioned.”
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