Mystery over fallen branches

WAS it a tornado? Was it a hurricane? Was it a monsoon? What brought down trees and branches through Bealings today?But although there was heavy rain and standing water on the roads, there was nothing natural about the phenomenon which brought havoc to the trees!The culprit was far more substantial - a massive juggernaut which smacked into the trees as it made its way along Playford Road.

WAS it a tornado? Was it a hurricane? Was it a monsoon? What brought down trees and branches through Bealings today?

But although there was heavy rain and standing water on the roads, there was nothing natural about the phenomenon which brought havoc to the trees!

The culprit was far more substantial - a massive juggernaut which smacked into the trees as it made its way along Playford Road.

The huge red lorry drove down Playford Road out of Ipswich, along Bealings Road, Martlesham and is believed to have reached the Red Lion junction.

Once it got there the driver realised the mistake, turned around and retraced the route back to Ipswich.

The journey, and the trail of destruction it left, woke many who live beside the road.

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Phil and Louise Abbott from Beacon Hill farm in Martlesham captured the lorry's progress on CCTV.

Mrs Abbott said: “We heard this great noise just after 6.30am. You could hear the lorry thump the trees from quite a way away.

“It went down the road towards the Red Lion, and then retraced the journey about six minutes later. It was a massive truck with six wheels at the back. It must have turned around at the pub.”

The CCTV image clearly shows the lorry dragging a substantial piece of a tree as it makes its way down the narrow road.

Mrs Abbott said: “I don't know why he was driving along here. The lorry had no writing on its side. It was all red and had some white lines on it.

“I can't think it was from a local firm, anyone who knows the area would know not to bring something that size down here!”

Staff from Suffolk County Council were called out to remove the branches that were left on the road - although a spokeswoman for the authority said it was unlikely to try to track down the culprit because that would cost more than the relatively simple clear-up operation.

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