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Car vandals caged

PUBLISHED: 17:37 02 December 2002 | UPDATED: 13:08 03 March 2010

TWO vandals who wreaked havoc through the streets Ipswich, leaving a trail of destruction in their wake, have been jailed for a total of 12 months.

Danny Lindon and Adrian Smith are today behind bars after being found guilty of wreaking cars, demolishing a wall and damaging fence posts.

TWO vandals who wreaked havoc through the streets Ipswich, leaving a trail of destruction in their wake, have been jailed for a total of 12 months.

Danny Lindon and Adrian Smith are today behind bars after being found guilty of wreaking cars, demolishing a wall and damaging fence posts.

Fuming residents today spoke of their disgust at the pointless vandalism that cost them thousands of pounds.

Marie Davis, of Waterloo Road said: "I am just glad they caught them. It was absolutely awful and they caused about £1,000 damage to my car. It was very annoying and left everyone involved angry.

"It is just good to know something has finally been done about it. One family a few doors down actually moved house because they were so sick of the vandalism – this is the kind of trouble it causes."

"Another resident who did not wish to be named said the sentence was not strong enough.

"I don't think much of it considering the problems they caused. It was my car alarm which alerted us to it so luckily my car was all right. But they caused so much damage to others.

"There are real problems in this area and I am afraid the police are reactive rather than proactive."

Residents in Waterloo Road, Ipswich, woke up to the scenes of carnage on January 26 this year.

The two thugs had stripped bricks from the wall around the churchyard of All Saints, on Chevalier Street, and hurled them at cars. The attack, which took place in the early hours, saw cars have wing mirrors ripped off, windows smashed and metalwork booted-in.

Residents in the area at the time reported hearing shouting, the thud of walls crashing down and glass smashing. One resident said: "By the time I ran out they had trashed the whole street. I shouted at them and they started throwing bricks at me and another neighbour. I've never seen anything like – it was like a riot."

David Masters, whose Peugeot suffered £500 worth of damage was left fuming because he needed it for a new job.

And his neighbour, Scott Braybrook, was also left counting the cost after his car, another Peugeot, had its door kicked and dented.

Police immediately mobilised the force's helicopter after receiving a call about the vandalism and arrested the pair soon after.

Despite having a total of 17 counts of criminal damage levelled at them, the unrepentant Smith and Lindon denied them all.

Lindon, 26, of New Cut, Hadleigh, was sentenced to eight months behind bars, while Smith, 26, of Upland Road, Ipswich, was sentenced to four months at Bury St Edmunds Crown Court.

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