Boy, 13, quizzed by police after bus depot rampage
PUBLISHED: 10:44 26 November 2019 | UPDATED: 10:54 26 November 2019
Bus windows were smashed and car wing mirrors torn off during a vandalism attack at a bus depot in Hadleigh, leaving the owner with a £10,000 repair bill.
A teenage boy, aged 13, is being questioned by police following the attack at Beestons buses, which saw the windows of nine vehicles smashed in the early hours of Sunday morning in Ipswich Road.
Tom Munson, the operations director of Beestons buses, says nothing like this has happened during the 50 years that the business has been in his family.
He said: "It's very frustrating and just mindless really.
"The damage is going to cost us around £10,000 as the vehicles that have been smashed are not all ours, they are a mixture of customers', staff cars and buses.
"The vehicles stored on site were uninsured and therefore we will have to pay for the damage."
Mr Munson, 37, says he was woken just before 5am on Sunday by the noise of his dogs barking.
As he went to investigate, he could hear lots of banging but couldn't see what the cause was.
The noise continued and he called the police, who turned up within minutes.
Mr Munson says a metal pole, which was found by officers nearby, is thought to have been used by the assailant.
Not only were the windows of vehicles smashed, but wing mirrors and indicators were torn off vehicles too - and the whole attack was caught on the company's CCTV cameras.
A spokesman for Suffolk police said: "Police were called on Sunday, November 24, following reports that nine vehicles had been damaged at Beestons bus depot in Ipswich Road, Hadleigh.
"At some point between 5am and 5.15am, an unknown male smashed the windows of both cars and buses.
"Officers attended and arrested a 13-year-old boy a short time later, on suspicion of criminal damage. He is currently in the care of medical professionals."
The incident comes just days after a spate of vandalism at St Mary's church in the market town, where the kitchen window of the deanery was broken and a protective grate was pulled away from a stained glass window.
Very Reverend Jo Delfgou says he worries about the isolation of the town leading to trouble.