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Car crime 'not taken seriously' by police, says Ipswich victim

Damage to Matthew Bonner's car

Damage to Matthew Bonner's car

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An Ipswich man whose car was broken into earlier this year has criticised police after officers closed an investigation into the crime.

Matthew Bonner, who was living in Felixstowe at the time, said his six-month-old car was broken into in Ranelagh Road, Ipswich, in February, causing around £3,000 worth of damage.

DNA tests and CCTV checks were made in the investigation, which was closed this week after Suffolk police officers said they had been unable to find a suspect.

NMr Bonner, 28, said that a laptop was stolen from the boot of the car, and glass from the back window was found shattered on his newborn baby’s child seat, and claims that car crime is “not taken seriously enough” in the town.

At the time of the incident he offered a £5,000 reward for information in a Facebook appeal, which was shared hundreds of times.

The father-of-one said: “I am very disappointed that Suffolk police have decided to close the investigation. We had promising details, but I feel like not enough has been done to find the person responsible.

“I got in contact with another man who had his car broken into on the same night, his tools were stolen and a similar amount of damage was done to his brand new van.

“I’ve done some research and have seen that several car crimes reported in Ipswich have been closed because police couldn’t find a suspect.

“I got asked to put away any valuable items in my car, but the only thing of value in there was a pound coin.”

Mr Bonner rang the force when he heard there would be no further action, and spoke to a senior police officer who told him they had done “everything they could” to solve the crime.

A police spokeswoman said: “Police have spoken to this victim of crime to explain why this case could not be progressed further at this time.

“Sadly, despite the evidence gathered and the enquiries made, this has not positively identified an offender. Officers have explained that, should new information be received, then this will be actioned but with the existing details there is not enough to take this forward.”

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