Anger directed at Halloween vandalism

A MOTHER is fuming today after her eight-year-old daughter's hard work for Halloween this year was smashed to pieces by cruel yobs.

A MOTHER is fuming today after her eight-year-old daughter's hard work for Halloween this year was smashed to pieces by cruel yobs.

Donna Wiles claimed both her daughters, Victoria, and 12-year-old Becky entered into the spirit of the occasion by handing sweets out to those trick or treating, and carving out their own pumpkins.

But the following day younger sister Victoria woke up to find her creation had been destroyed, with pieces of pumpkin strewn all over the road outside her Ipswich home.

The Wiles family received a steady stream of trick or treaters throughout the evening but it was just after 9pm that they heard footsteps by the house although no one knocked.


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It was as Victoria's father Russell was putting some candles outside in the pumpkins that he noticed it was missing and later found the remains further down the road.

Mrs Wiles, 36, of Cotswold Avenue, Ipswich, said: “We try to get into the spirit of Halloween and do something every year.

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“The girls get a lot out of it craft-wise and they put so much work into it. My husband and I could not believe it. We were absolutely gutted. If they had knocked they could have had sweets.

“It took the girls half a day to do it. We were having a Halloween and fireworks party on the Saturday night and the whole idea was that Victoria would be to show them what she had done.

“It is just really sad that it has come to this.

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Suffolk police reported fewer incidents of anti-social behaviour and alcohol-related violence and disorder around pubs and clubs on Friday yet there were more cases of eggs being thrown and rowdy teenagers.

Inspector Bruce Gent said: “It would be reasonable to assume that the higher than usual number of events is attributable to Halloween.

“Between 7pm on Friday and 7am on Saturday, 55 events were directly attributable to Halloween. The problems were mainly egg-throwing and rowdy groups of youths. There were several reports around Ipswich of fireworks being thrown.

“There were no significant Halloween-related incidents and no Halloween-related arrests.”

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