Pranksters put skids under drivers

CARS were left skidding along an Ipswich road after it is thought cooking oil was poured on to the surface.Police were called to Benezet Street yesterday after reports of a number of cars skidding and at least one collision shortly before 9am yesterday.

CARS were left skidding along an Ipswich road after it is thought cooking oil was poured on to the surface.

Police were called to Benezet Street yesterday after reports of a number of cars skidding and at least one collision shortly before 9am yesterday.

A police spokeswoman today said the incident is not being investigated despite witnesses claiming the act was deliberate.

Crystal Barber, 21, of Bentley Road, collided with another motorist on Benezet Street at about 8.50am after her wheels locked and her car skidded when trying to brake.


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She said: “My brakes locked and I couldn't do anything about it.

“The police and the council came and the road was closed.

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“We think cooking oil was poured onto the road and we found a container nearby that had been left out by a restaurant to be picked up.

“It must have been deliberate.

“Somebody thought it was funny to spread the oil around and it washed down the hill.

“I was there for an hour and there were a lot of cars that skidded going past.

“It was unbelievable and really dangerous.”

A spokeswoman for Ipswich Borough Council said a team was sent out to make the road safe but was unable to say for sure how the slippery conditions came about.

She said: “It appears to have been some sort of cooking oil.

“We had a team go out and put sand down to make the road safe.”

The road was reopened at about 11.30am.

n. Did you experience the slippy roads? Write to Your Letters, Evening Star, 30 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich, IP4 1AN or e-mail eveningstarletters@eveningstar.co.uk

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