Drugs dogs called into mystery garden

A COUPLE whose garden is repeatedly being dug up at night has today told how a sniffer dog confirmed drugs were involved.Isobel and Robert Woolnough have lived happily in their Ipswich home for 15 years until two months ago when silent strangers started making regular visits to their garden to dig it up.

A COUPLE whose garden is repeatedly being dug up at night has today told how a sniffer dog confirmed drugs were involved.

Isobel and Robert Woolnough have lived happily in their Ipswich home for 15 years until two months ago when silent strangers started making regular visits to their garden to dig it up.

After rocks were overturned, walls destroyed and 2ft deep holes were dug in their garden, a sniffer dog turned up to make further investigations.

Mrs Woolnough said: "The dog started going mad at a particular point in the garden and started running around in circles. The police officer who came with the dog said that meant there was definitely a drug connection.


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"We were told there had been drugs buried in the garden at some point but whether they are still there we just don't know."

Pc Matt Bettell and the dog visited the couple's home in Burrell Road, Ipswich, on September 23. Since then the couple believe the intruders have returned.

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They have now asked police to install CCTV cameras to keep watch out over the intruders.

Mr Woolnough said: "We have asked to borrow the cameras so we can track down these people once and for all.

"We have become extremely agitated by the whole thing and are becoming quite stressed out. We are not getting much sleep at nights because we are constantly disturbed when they turn up and always try to catch them. It is really starting to affect our everyday lives."

The garden backs onto Willoughby Road and the couple say the intruders have damaged and destroyed fences along the back of several gardens to make their nightly searches.

The visits began in mid July when the couple decided to make some changes in their garden and Mr Woolnough cut down a tree. The couple say the visits started the next night.

Lisa Miller, of Ipswich police said: "A dog attended the property and indicated that drugs may have been there once. No drugs were found and the dogs are trained to carry on until drugs are uncovered if there are any there.

"We are treating the incidents as criminal damage and have told the couple to call us if there are any further incidents."

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