Fed up residents want vigilante group

RESIDENTS living on a route used by late night revellers say they are so fed up with vandalism they are considering setting up a vigilante group.They claim they receive little response from the police to their complaints - though officers dispute this and say they are targeting the vandals and determined to catch them.

By Richard Cornwell

RESIDENTS living on a route used by late night revellers say they are so fed up with vandalism they are considering setting up a vigilante group.

They claim they receive little response from the police to their complaints - though officers dispute this and say they are targeting the vandals and determined to catch them.

The problems have arisen in the Coronation Drive and Grange Road area of Felixstowe.

Groups of people who have spent the evening at pubs and clubs on the seafront go home to estates in the west of the resort at 3am via the path from the Ordnance roundabout over the railway to Coronation Drive.

One resident, who asked not to be named, said: “Drunken louts noisily pass by from the seafront towards Cavendish Park causing mayhem and destruction in their path.

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“We've had our garage set alight, which, despite having video evidence showing someone entering the garage, the police were convinced it was spontaneous combustion.

“We've had our front garden wall kicked over, for which we had a crime number but no visit.

“We've also had various things done to the car such as baked beans being spread over the bonnet and a wing mirror being cracked - I didn't even bother to report these.”

The resident said he recently found a trail of destruction leading from the seafront to where Ferry Lane joins Grange road including smashed wing mirrors and dented cars.

He added: “I am really sick of this and we should see something done. If the police can't do anything, then the residents should.

“I'm all for forming a neighbourhood patrol in the summer months between 11pm and 4am so we can catch these undesirables. The only problem I can see is if we catch them, we might not get a response from the police and what then?”

A police spokeswoman said: “Police regularly patrol areas known to be routes home from licenced venues, but we do need residents to report all incidents so we can build a picture of what is happening.

“Sadly there are some individuals who think it is acceptable to damage other people's property - but police are targeting them and have made more than 50 arrests so far this year for criminal damage offences.

“Where police receive a call from a member of the public that call is graded for a response, with calls threatening life or property given priority.”

Do you think the police are doing enough? Write to Your Letters, Evening Star, 30 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich, IP4 1AN, or e-mail EveningStarLetters@eveningstar.co.uk

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