Plea for help with unuly teens

CALLS have today been made to take action against unruly teenagers who have orchestrated a three-month reign of terror on a south east Ipswich estate.Yobs have targeted the Ireland Road estate in Greenwich, smashing, breaking into and burning cars after dark.

CALLS have today been made to take action against unruly teenagers who have orchestrated a three-month reign of terror on a south east Ipswich estate.

Yobs have targeted the Ireland Road estate in Greenwich, smashing, breaking into and burning cars after dark.

One Davey Close resident, who did not want to be named for fear of reprisals, told The Evening Star the escalating problems in the estate had left residents fearing for their safety.

He said: "People are just scared. There are a lot of single women living around here and they are all shaking. They don't know what to do.

"These 13 and 14-year-old kids walk around with cans of petrol. They break into cars, set fire to them and smash car windows. They drive around on the pavements on mini-motorbikes and mopeds with no crash helmets on.

"We know the youngsters doing this. I've been out after them before and they just say they'll come back later.

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"The other night was horrendous. We were up until 3am. They hide in the waste ground, waiting for us to go to bed so they can break into cars."

The resident said he had contacted Ipswich MP Chris Mole to voice his concerns. He also revealed the police had been called on numerous occasions but claimed no action had been taken.

"They (the police) drive up the road and leave. They say they can't do anything about it. They tell us we should call them when the kids are around.

"All the police are doing is stopping these kids and telling them to get off their bikes and walk them home. We would like a camera so the police can see what's going on.

"We've all received lots of threats, but people can't move because no one wants to come here. We've faced a lot of problems here and we want them sorted out."

A spokesman for the police said they would continue to encourage people who witness anti-social behaviour or crime to report it immediately.

He added: "We are committed to working with people and other agencies to tackle the problems which affect people's quality of life."

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