Car thieves demolish garden wall

JOYRIDERS wreaked havoc in a quiet Ipswich street when they ricocheted off a parked car, demolished a pensioner's garden wall and careered to a thumping halt in an alley, residents said today.

JOYRIDERS wreaked havoc in a quiet Ipswich street when they ricocheted off a parked car, demolished a pensioner's garden wall and careered to a thumping halt in an alley, residents said today.

Police are hunting two men who were seen running from a red Ford Fiesta in Tuddenham Avenue around 5am on Monday.

The car missed the woman's house by just a few yards and ended up partly in her front garden after it collided with an adjacent alley wall.

The terrified OAP woke to a huge bang and saw the men escaping through her front gate under the cover of darkness.

The pensioner, who did not wish to be named, said: "It sounded just like a bomb. All I saw was this red car and headlights reflecting off the garden wall and onto my path.

"I saw two men go through my front gate. I didn't know what was happening. I did have a little cry, but apart from that I am fine."

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The pensioner said her insurance would cover the damage to her front garden.

Ayla Akdemir, 20, also of Tuddenham Avenue, was also woken by the chaos. She said: "I heard several bangs so I ran to the window.

"A red Fiesta had come down the road, hit a parked car and went through a brick wall, across the garden and then through the brick wall the other side of the garden and into an alley.

"I called the police, but by the time I got outside there was no-one inside the vehicle. They had run off. They must have climbed out of the car window to get out."

Neighbours said they would help the pensioner restore her garden.

Police confirmed the car was stolen and are appealing for witnesses to come forward. Anyone with information should call Ipswich police on 01473 613500.

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