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Families want action over wrecked homes

PUBLISHED: 15:49 19 July 2001 | UPDATED: 10:21 03 March 2010

ANGRY families living at Woodbridge Airfield have claimed part of their housing estate has been turned into an eyesore after vandals smashed almost 30 windows in empty properties.

ANGRY families living at Woodbridge Airfield have claimed part of their housing estate has been turned into an eyesore after vandals smashed almost 30 windows in empty properties.

Almost 20 houses on the estate were targeted by vandals, mainly premises owned by Annington Property Ltd.

Twenty-one windows have been boarded up, but there was evidence of fresh vandalism with five windows, including four in one house, damaged and not repaired.

The criminal damage has occurred in Greenways and Firebrass Lane on the estate where service personnel and members of the public have been living.

The issue has been discussed at a meeting of the Families Consultative Group, which heard that more than £10,000 damage had been caused.

Sandra Gould, a care assistant at Grove Court, Woodbridge, lives a few yards from the damaged homes with her husband Melvin and their children Paris, aged six, and Matthew, 13.

They rent a three-bedroom bungalow from Annington Property Ltd and Mrs Gould said: "Both the military police and Woodbridge police do come around and I am reasonably happy with the policing.

"The damage has been happening since before Christmas and there has been a lot more. I think Annington have lost interest. They do not seem to be interested in doing any maintenance work now.

"When the Army was on this site, they had people to come and clear the gutters and clean the window frames. We get nothing like that."

Mrs Gould added she had to walk her daughter to Sandlings Primary School past the damaged houses and she said it was an appalling sight: "If you get people coming here to visit, it does not look very good."

A spokeswoman for Annington Property Ltd said representatives had visited the estate on Monday to inspect the damage.

She added it needed to establish the ownership of each property concerned and where Annington Property Ltd owned a house, it would resolve the situation as soon as possible.

The spoksewoman stressed: "Annington is aware of the concerns about RAF Woodbridge and the concerns of the Families Consultative Group and Annington are concerned it is resolved in the best possible way. We know there is a problem and we are aware of what is going on."

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