Couple in shock after home attack

AN ELDERLY couple were still in shock today after a large stone was thrown through their sitting room window as they watched television.Mr Ernest Charles Mills, 76 and Elsie Peacock, also 76, of Hogarth Road, in Gainsborough, Ipswich, said they were “stunned” when the stone came flying into their front room, causing a golf ball sized hole in their double glazed bay window.

AN ELDERLY couple were still in shock today after a large stone was thrown through their sitting room window as they watched television.

Mr Ernest Charles Mills, 76 and Elsie Peacock, also 76, of Hogarth Road, in Gainsborough, Ipswich, said they were “stunned” when the stone came flying into their front room, causing a golf ball sized hole in their double glazed bay window.

The couple say this is one of many attacks on their home, which have taken place over the past 20 years.

Mr Mills said: “All of a sudden there was a heck of a big bang and I got up to the window and pulled the “curtain back to see what had happened and there was a great big hole in the window.

“About 20 minutes later, we had another stone thrown through the same window and six weeks before “that we had the other window broken.”

The couple featured in the Star last year after they were the victims of Halloween pranksters who threw eggs at their house and now they say they are at the end of their tether with the constant attacks to their home.

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Mr Mills said: “We've had this sort of thing happen a lot over the last 20 years, we've had everything but the kitchen sink thrown in to the property in the past.”

Mr Mills and Miss Peacock, who has lived in the property for 53 years, say the trouble has got worse in the last few years and one incident to their porch cost them £300 to repair.

Mr Mills said: “We got the damage repaired and then less than 11 months later it was vandalised again.”

Ipswich police have confirmed they are now investigating the incident on Friday, June 8.

Anyone with any information should contact Ipswich police on 01473 613500 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.

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