Fifth vandal strike at charity shop

PUBLISHED: 12:54 03 July 2001 | UPDATED: 10:18 03 March 2010

VANDALS have struck yet again at an Ipswich animal charity – torching part of the premises and leaving an outbuilding completely gutted.

VANDALS have struck yet again at an Ipswich animal charity shop – torching part of the premises and leaving an

outbuilding destroyed.

It is the fifth attack this year on the Suffolk Animal Rescue shop in Queen's Way – and leaves the future of the store in doubt.

The charity has to vacate the

premises in a month – and is now

looking to move completely away from the area to avoid any more attacks.

The latest blaze, in an outbuilding, caused thousands of pounds worth of damage as donated clothes, books and other items went up in smoke. An

insurance claim is being made.

The whole area on the Priory Heath estate has faced growing vandalism attacks, with shop owners claiming that Suffolk Police are "abandoning" them.

The fire broke out at 7.30pm

yesterday and took firefighters around 30 minutes to bring under control. Two appliances from Colchester Road headquarters attended the blaze.

The outbuilding was left completely gutted and the tin roof of the structure had begun to fall in. Firefighters faced a battle to stop the fire spreading to a nearby garage containing explosive substances.

Police have already been to the scene to carry out scene of crime tests, and the fire service confirmed it is treating the blaze as "malicious".

Today a spokeswoman for the

charity, Jayne Roberts, said that she was appalled by the vandalism attacks on the store.

"I am just shocked," she said. "How many times will this happen? We have another month to find new premises anyway but I do not know if I can stand another month. This is all too much, we have lost thousands of pounds worth of goods. That was all our re-stocking items.

"It's just kids who have got nothing better to do. Even my own kids are appalled when they see what has happened. One day the people who do this will end up killing themselves."

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