Felixstowe vandal caught on CCTV

POLICE are today studying CCTV footage of a man smashing a shop window in Felixstowe town centre – the fourth similar incident in less than a month.The film shows the man outside The Leather Shop at the top of Bent Hill before he walks away and returns with a brick and throws it through the plate glass.

POLICE are today studying CCTV footage of a man smashing a shop window in Felixstowe town centre - the fourth similar incident in less than a month.

The film shows the man outside The Leather Shop at the top of Bent Hill before he walks away and returns with a brick and throws it through the plate glass.

He doesn't steal anything, but runs away from the scene.

Shop owner Patrick Naylor said it was the sixth time in 20 years his windows had been broken by vandals.

The café next door had had its window smashed three times, the premises on the other side twice and shops at the bottom of Hamilton Road had also regularly suffered attacks.

Mr Naylor said: "It was a very expensive brick - it cost me £450! I just cannot understand why anyone would do this, it's just mindless.

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"If they had stolen something you could see why they had done it, but this makes no sense at all and is just such a nuisance.

"Why should I come to work and then find all this mess?"

His insurance company would not pay the first £250 of any damage and each claim meant that premium costs rose.

He had also had to change the design of his shop front so the windows were smaller to try to reduce the amount of glass which would need replacing after any vandalism and keep the cost and disruption down.

Police have taken CCTV tape from the camera at The Siam Orchid restaurant next door and are currently studying the images, which show a man in a light coloured coat at the scene.

Steep and winding Bent Hill is one of routes home for people leaving clubs and pubs after a night out drinking.

A police spokeswoman said the damage had been reported at 4.15am on November 20 and an officer had attended and made an initial assessment of the scene, deciding there was little forensic evidence.

However, the CCTV was proving most useful and investigations were ongoing.

Anyone who saw the incident or has any useful information is asked to call Felixstowe police on 01473 613500.

Last month Michelle Harrall's , owner of clothes shop My Gear, called for CCTV cameras throughout the town centre after her shop was targeted by thugs armed with a ten-foot scaffolding pole.

n Do you think Felixstowe should have CCTV - if so, who should pay for it? Write to Your Letters, Evening Star, 30 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich, IP4 1AN, or e-mail EveningStarLetters@eveningstar.co.uk

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