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It goes from bad to worse for museum

PUBLISHED: 15:51 26 July 2001 | UPDATED: 10:23 03 March 2010

THE IPSWICH Transport Museum is furious after a third major setback in just two weeks.

Both front doors to the premises were badly damaged after vandals tried to prize open the wooden doors and force the locks in an attempted break-in.

THE IPSWICH Transport Museum is furious today after a third major setback in just two weeks.

Both front doors to the premises were badly damaged after vandals tried to prize open the wooden doors and force the locks in an attempted break-in.

It was the second break-in attempt in two weeks at the Cobham Road site, and is set leave the museum around £200 out of pocket as they seek to strengthen the doors.

The two attempted break-ins come on top of a calamity which saw all of the museum exhibits – worth hundreds of thousands of pounds – covered in a layer of dust after a building nightmare.

Electricity supplier company 24seven had attempted to provide a new emergency exit from an electricity sub-station based in the premises.

The sub-station provides electricity to most of Cobham Road and Wright Road.

However, the knocking down of a brick wall saw everything covered in a light brown dust.

Cleaners are hoovering everything from top to bottom, from vehicles to light fittings, to remove the mess.

A spokeswoman for 24seven admitted the company took responsibility for the dust debacle but said no damage had been caused.

Angela Lawrence said: "We recognised how distressing it was and we acted very quickly through our insurance company to bring in cleaners to get the museum back to its shiny pristine condition."

After yesterday's attempted burglary, chairman of the museum Brian Dyes said that things are going from bad to worse.

"We will have to spend a least £200 on getting the doors fixed because they have been badly weakened and will be much easier to break down," he said. "We are a voluntary organisation and that is a lot of money to us.

"This has come at a very bad time and these instances seem to be getting more regular."

Mr Dyes added that a vehicle parked nearby on Wright Road had its window smashed on Tuesday night and that previously a lady who had shouted at youths had a brick put through her window.

Anyone with any information on either break in attempt should call Suffolk Police on 01473 613500.

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