Fresh attack at home of drug dealer

SUFFOLK drug dealer Edwin Almond was today being given more bad news – vandals have now attacked his historic farmhouse home.It's the second time the Trimley home of 32-year-old Almond has been targeted since he started a five-year jail term for drug dealing.

SUFFOLK drug dealer Edwin Almond was today being given more bad news – vandals have now attacked his historic farmhouse home.

It's the second time the Trimley home of 32-year-old Almond has been targeted since he started a five-year jail term for drug dealing.

And the latest attack has sparked fears of fresh vandalism attacks from local people.

After smashing windows in Almond's home, the vandals moved on to the neighboruing village hall.

The incidents happened on Sunday morning and caused £150 damage to the hall in High Road.

Mary Dixon, chairwoman of the village hall committee, did not think the vandals lived in the area.

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She said: "We do not normally have vandalism at the hall and it seems to be respected locally and serves the community very well.

"I was very sorry to hear about this but I think others come in and cause the problems."

Mrs Dixon believes this was an isolated incident but others in the village do not agree.

A woman, who has had her car aerial damaged twice and did not want to be identified, said: "It is a bit worrying for what used to be a small village.

"You go away on holiday and you wonder what you are going to come back to."

Ronald Bennett, booking clerk for the village hall said: "What can the police do? They cannot be everywhere.

"The hall is a good amenity for the village but some people want to destroy things."

The hall is situated next to the Great Street Farmhouse, where Almond used to live.

He was jailed after police officers found 2,589 MDMA (ecstasy) tablets at the house.

When Almond moved into the area, neighbours were impressed with his "luxury lifestyle" that saw him own a collection of expensive vehicles.

However, these turned out to be stolen and the house, originally worth £250,000, is now run-down and heavily damaged.

Thieves raided the farmhouse in November and stripped roof tiles off the back of the property.

On Sunday vandals again attacked the house and smashed two front windows.

There are also a further two windows at the back of the house damaged while the back door has been forced off its hinges.

Describing the farmhouse Mrs Dixon said: "It is a fantastic house, a listed building, but its history is making it very vulnerable.

"It has been neglected but it is under ownership. The local authority cannot start stepping in. People have the freedom to maintain or neglect it."

A fresh court hearing is due early next year to decide whether Almond should have to forfeit property as a result of his drugs conviction.

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