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Mix-up leaves householder feeling Down

PUBLISHED: 14:00 29 September 2001 | UPDATED: 10:36 03 March 2010

AN IPSWICH man had part of his house boarded up by accident – when builders mistook Downing Close for Downside Close.

Robert Wells had been out visiting his mother when he returned to his Downside Close flat – number 69 – and found a window boarded up.

AN IPSWICH man had part of his house boarded up by accident – when builders mistook Downing Close for Downside Close.

Robert Wells had been out visiting his mother when he returned to his Downside Close flat – number 69 – and found a window boarded up.

"I couldn't work it out," said a mystified Robert. "One of my windows got damaged about three months ago but nothing ever got done about it.

"I know that the housing authority that owns the house didn't do anything because they said they didn't. Besides the window was not completely smashed."

Robert, 35, who lives on his own, admitted that at first he didn't even notice the board – but then decided to take it down.

"It took me quite a while and the window panel on the outside is a bit damaged," he said. "It did occur to me that perhaps the whole house could have been boarded up and I could have been sitting inside it! It's really stupid."

Sanctuary Housing Association, the company that own the Downside Close property, told the Star that they did not carry out repairs on the house and had no idea who could have done.

The Evening Star managed to find out that the property that should have been boarded up is the same number in Downing Close.

That house, which is privately owned, has had a number of windows smashed in what has turned into an ugly neighbourly dispute.

The owner has vacated the property and asked for it to be boarded up in an attempt to stop it being broken into. Suffolk Police used on of their contracted companies to carry out the work – at the owners cost – but the repair men went to the wrong address.

Suffolk Police spokeswoman Anna Woolnough said: "In this instance instructions were given to independent contractors to attend an address in Downing Close, Ipswich.

"Unfortunately the contractor inadvertently attended Downside Close, where coincidentally he found a broken window which he proceeded to board up.

"As soon as the mistake was realised the contractors attended the correct address and carried out the necessary work."


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