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Action over vandalism on estate

PUBLISHED: 02:35 28 October 2001 | UPDATED: 10:45 03 March 2010

MORE action is being taken to stop the escalating amount of vandalism plaguing a housing estate on a Suffolk airfield.

More complaints have been made about the criminal damage occurring at former married quarters on Woodbridge Airfield with concerns expressed by the Ministry of Defence Police, the Families Consultative Group (FCG) and householders.

MORE action is being taken to stop the escalating amount of vandalism plaguing a housing estate on a Suffolk airfield.

More complaints have been made about the criminal damage occurring at former married quarters on Woodbridge Airfield with concerns expressed by the Ministry of Defence Police, the Families Consultative Group (FCG) and householders.

Suffolk Coastal District Council said it had contacted Annington Homes, who own the estate, and asked the company to ensure that all damaged properties are boarded up by the end of the week.

The estate has been earmarked for a long-term major redevelopment scheme in which all of the 160-plus bungalows will be demolished to be replaced by a variety of housing including 40 homes at affordable prices for young families.

Bungalows are gradually becoming empty as families move out of their rented accommodation and residents say that criminals have targeted these properties, smashing windows, ripping the casing off power supply meters, and damaging doors and fences.

By July there had been more than £10,000 worth of damage but this has increased recently as more bungalows have been vandalised.

David Nicholson, chairman of FCG, said: ''The Ministry of Defence told the agents working on behalf of Anningtons that it was time they did something about it. Some of the houses are in a state of disrepair and my concern was that some innocent youngsters could be injured.

''Therefore we approached Suffolk Coastal District Council asking for their support to put pressure on Annington Homes. There has been a purge and I understand that documents have been given to the director of public prosecutions and prosecutions could result. That has hopefully curtailed a lot of the vandalism that has gone on and we hope to see no more of it.''

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