Climate of fear on crime-ridden estate

VANDALISM and despair are gripping Ipswich's most difficult estate to police.Yet officers desperate to bring the criminals to justice today said they are met by a wall of silence.

By Tracey Sparling

VANDALISM and despair are gripping Ipswich's most difficult estate to police.

Yet officers desperate to bring the criminals to justice today said they are met by a wall of silence.

Fear dries the words in the mouths of victims too afraid to say what they have seen in case of retribution.

Virtually every day sees a litany of crime with windows smashed, cars broken into and set alight – all by a small minority of youths intent on making their neighbours' lives a misery.

Others are angry, on the edge of turning vigilante, to teach the youngsters a lesson and give them a taste of their own medicine.

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Today, police beg victims in the Priory Heath area to unite and speak out – and call for

community spirit to stop the tide of crime.

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