Anger at drunken vandalism

RESIDENTS of an Ipswich street spoke of their frustration and anger today after late - night vandals targeted cars and property. One resident of Spring Road, Ipswich, who did not wish to be named, woke up on Saturday to find railings in his front garden ripped away from a wall and debris strewn across the pavement.

RESIDENTS of an Ipswich street spoke of their frustration and anger today after late - night vandals targeted cars and property.

One resident of Spring Road, Ipswich, who did not wish to be named, woke up on Saturday to find railings in his front garden ripped away from a wall and debris strewn across the pavement.

He said: “My wing mirrors get smashed or pulled off every week. I've been here five years and there doesn't seem to be anything we can do about it. It makes me angry.”

The painter and decorator said he has had his van broken into and tools stolen in a previous attack and vandalism is a recurring problem.

He added: “I came back at 11.30pm last night and it (the wall) wasn't like that then. Things often happen in the early hours.

“It's a problem for everyone along here. I don't blame the police I don't know what they can do to stop it really.”

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The resident said neighbours often wake to find wheelie bins turned over and other acts of vandalism committed during the night.

He said: “They even run along the tops of cars. Every night there's something.”

Another resident said her wall, and the walls and property of other neighbours, had also been targeted in the past.

The 84-year-old said: “We had to repair our wall. Vandalism is a problem along here. I think its people who are passing on their way home from town.”

Further along the street residents woke to find a car windscreen had been smashed and a second wall damaged.

Inspector Matt Dee of Suffolk police said residents should notify police as soon as possible if their property had been damaged.

He said: “We will take a robust and positive approach to tackling vandalism. We need to be called in order to apprehend offenders. Often a small number of people are committing these types of crimes.

“It is important people give us notification of what they may perceive as low level anti-social behaviour as rowdy behaviour can escalate.

“Though Spring Road is long with up to 500 properties it does appear there is a pattern of nocturnal offences.”

Do you live in Spring Road? Are vandals ruining your property? What do you think? Write to Your Letters, Evening Star, 30 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich, IP4 1AN or send us an e-mail to eveningstarletters@eveningstar.co.uk

REPORTED incidents in Spring Road in September 2006.

Car damaged, between10.30am on Sunday September 3 and 7.45am on Monday September 4. Investigations ongoing. No arrests made.

Damage to car - appears offender walked over the bonnet between 10pm on Friday September 15 and midday on Sunday September 17. Investigations ongoing. No arrests made.

Coping stone pushed over between 8.30am and 3.52pm on Saturday September 23. Investigations ongoing. No arrests made.

Window smashed at Fish and Chip shop at 8.40pm on Thursday September 28. A man wearing a balaclava was seen in the vicinity. Investigations ongoing. No arrests made.

Shed window broken between 8pm on Friday September 29 and 8am on Saturday September 30. Investigations ongoing. No arrests made.

Door damaged on Saturday September 30 at 4pm. Arrest made. Man on police bail.

Police are today renewing appeals for witnesses to these crimes. If anyone has any information they should contact Suffolk police on 01473 613500 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.

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