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‘It’s just mindless vandalism’ - more victims of baseball bat car attacks speak out

PUBLISHED: 11:50 29 September 2018 | UPDATED: 17:26 29 September 2018

Baseball bat car vandal follow up

Baseball bat car vandal follow up

More victims of a mindless vandalism spree in which car windows were smashed with a baseball bat have spoken out.

Electrician Graham Barton, 73, released CCTV footage showing the attacker smashing his van in Dales View Road, Ipswich on Sunday, September 24.

Now engineer Aidrian Wood, whose vehicle was parked in Rushmere Road at 11pm on Sunday evening, believes his vehicle was targeted shortly afterwards.

A neighbouring house heard loud bangs at 11.30pm and woke to find a number of vehicles on the street completely vandalised, including Mr Wood’s.

Mr Wood and his wife were supposed to going on a trip at 8.30am when they noticed the damage to their vehicle.

“There was glass everywhere and as we were going away we just had to tape up the rear windscreen,” said the 49-year-old, who has lived in the town all his life.

“I’m really angry. It’s just mindless vandalism and it has caused a great deal of hassle for my wife and I.

“We were late setting off on our trip and now we will be coming home to a large bill to get the damage fixed.”

The victim’s rear windowscreen was smashed by the vandal.

Mr Barton’s footage shows the vandal wearing a grey hooded top using a baseball bat to smash the windscreen three times before knocking off the wing mirror.

Mr Barton now fears his van will be written off because of the extent of the damage caused.

56-year-old Linda Cert of Sidegate Avenue, was also a victim of the attack.

“My husband was about to drive me to work when we noticed our front windscreen was gone,” said Mrs Cert.

“I don’t feel safe leaving my car in the road anymore, Ipswich has become so rough.”

Mrs Cert’s was the only car damaged on the street, but two cars received damage to their wing mirrors on Sidegate Lane, just round the corner.

“I’ve had to pay out £75 to have it repaired,” added Mrs Cert.

“It makes no sense it’s like they were vindictively breaking windows for fun.”

There were 14 cases of vandalism carried out between 11.15pm Sunday, September 24 and the early hours of the next day in the north of the town.

Police are investigating the attacks and are urging anyone with information to come forward.

Witnesses or anybody with relevant dash-cam footage or any other information relating to the incidents are asked to call police on 101 quoting reference 37/54844/18.

Alternatively, please contact the charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Were you a victim of the vandalism? Contact reporter Sophie Barnett on

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