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Ipswich: Teens cautioned after more than 30 cars vandalised in Whitton and Whitehouse

09:46 01 April 2014

Teens cautioned after dozens of cars damaged

Teens cautioned after dozens of cars damaged

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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.”

Were you one of those whose car was vandalised? Contact The Star newsdesk on 01473 324790.

12 comments

  • Should definitely be made to pay for damages. That is all they would need and they would soon learn to appreciate the value of what things cost to repair.

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    ipswichLAD

    Tuesday, April 1, 2014

  • Surely this is an April fools prank,damage of that sort and no detention,this is why yobs laugh at the law.

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    tonyb

    Tuesday, April 1, 2014

  • This is a gross misuse by Police of the cautioning criteria. The offences were systematic and to any reasonable person should have attracted a Court appearance. What were the views of the victims? Were they consulted? A'package' was sent to the CPS? Do you mean a case file M-s Doughty? Plain English would help.

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    dinosaur detective

    Tuesday, April 1, 2014

  • The parents should be held responsible and should be ordered to pay for damages...NAME AND SHAME!!!

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    I'm right,your not!!

    Tuesday, April 1, 2014

  • A very sad indictment of our extremely weak judicial system. Would they have been cautioned in Saudi Arabia? Although some countries have extreme punishments which I do not condone, there are aspects of their attitudes towards crime that the UK could well follow unless we soon want to be living in a 'soup of crime'.

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    Johnthebap

    Tuesday, April 1, 2014

  • Tough on crime tough on the causes of crime ?

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    clive

    Tuesday, April 1, 2014

  • Another slap on the wrist. Make them pay for the damage.

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    Lakota S

    Tuesday, April 1, 2014

  • That's what you get when you live in the ghetto.

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    Tedbundy

    Tuesday, April 1, 2014

  • We were all teenagers once and all probaly regret some of the stupid things we done through boredom and just being a teenager. However this is a bit different this is not just bending someones wiper blades this is systematic damage to 32 cars over 2 periods not just horseplay they knew they were causing lots of damage and didn't stop. A caution for all the heartache and cost to these car owners is not enough in my opinion. I am sure if any of these owners find out who was responsible they will get more than a caution.

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    royg

    Tuesday, April 1, 2014

  • Seems to me as though the boys have got themselves up one rung of the ladder, only they can now decide whether to continue the climb or to step back and live a decent life with prospects. If yo read this lads then take it from me its not a good life, a life of crime, you'll find it hard to gain employment or maintain a stable family life if you ever have kids yourself.

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    a friend

    Wednesday, April 2, 2014

  • Cautioned?? What's that all about? They'll hardly be shaking in their boots and are probably bragging to their mates...

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    Robotix

    Tuesday, April 1, 2014

  • A caution?!

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    Ipswich Entrepreneur

    Tuesday, April 1, 2014

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