Father's heartache over torched cars

AN Ipswich father today spoke of his heartache after yobs torched his and his girlfriend's cars.Adie Flude of Ashcroft Road was devastated to discover that nothing remains of his Vauxhall Vectra which contained his two sons fishing and karate gear.

AN Ipswich father today spoke of his heartache after yobs torched his and his girlfriend's cars.

Adie Flude of Ashcroft Road was devastated to discover that nothing remains of his Vauxhall Vectra which contained his two sons fishing and karate gear.

Mr Flude discovered both his Vauxhall Vectra and his girlfriend's two-year-old Vauxhall Corsa were stolen at between 11.30pm on May 29 and 8am on May 30.

Today he found out that joyriders had dumped both cars on waste ground off Uxbridge Crescent in east Ipswich and set them alight around 11.15pm yesterday .


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He said: “It's only just hit me. I am a bit emotional about it because it was full of my boys' stuff from the half term week.

“It was all their karate gear and fishing equipment.

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“You can replace most things and its only money but their karate belts were something they had earned and were special.”

It appeared the thieves had broken into his car before discovering the keys to the car of his girlfriend, Charlotte Gooding, 21, were in the front seat pocket.

Mr Flude, 35, who works as a training manager for Tesco in Stowmarket, added: “I had taken her key because she had blocked my driveway and I was going to drive her car out of the way in the morning.

“She lives in Stowmarket and is lost without her car.

“I didn't think I would get my car back but I thought we would find hers. She is devastated as she was still paying the money back for it.”

As well as the children's belongings there were also around 30 cds in Mr Flude's car which may not be covered under his insurance.

He is currently driving a hired car but admits it has put a dampener on a holiday he is due to take with his sons in the next few weeks.

He said: “There were some holiday clothes for the boys in the car. I mostly leave everything in the car overnight. It will be a real inconvenience.”

A third car was also torched overnight in Clapgate Lane.

If you have any information these incidents telephone police on 01473 613500 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.

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