Residents anger at burned out car

A BURNED out car has been dumped on an Ipswich green just hours after bollards were installed to prevent joy riders getting on there.It is the second car this week to have been dumped on Lavenham Road green, in the Triangle estate, and residents said it is a joke that the council only installed two bollards to stop joyriders and demand more is done to tackle the problem.

A BURNED out car has been dumped on an Ipswich green just hours after bollards were installed to prevent joy riders getting on there.

It is the second car this week to have been dumped on Lavenham Road green, in the Triangle estate, and residents said it is a joke that the council only installed two bollards to stop joyriders and demand more is done to tackle the problem.

The dirt had not even had time to settle after a joint effort by Ipswich Borough Council and Suffolk County Council was carried out to raise banks and install the bollards. It was decided that any more than two bollards would not look good and was unnecessary.

Fire crews were called to the green at 9.44pm yesterday to put out a blaze in a red Ford Fiesta. Crews attended a car fire at the same spot on Monday and there have been numerous other fires there since the start of the year.


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Carol Mills, of Lavenham Road, said: “I moved here in September from Sudbury and have spent a lot of money on my house.

“So it is really upsetting to see that right outside my front door is yet another burned out car.

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“I had just gone up to bed last night when I saw the blaze from my bedroom window. The police were just arriving on scene and a fire engine followed soon after.

“It is very unsettling and spoils what could be a lovely area.”

Another resident from the same street, who did not wish to be named, said: “What the council has done is simply not good enough.

“We need bollards all the way around. I watched yesterday as council workers installed the two bollards and then watched them leave. Just hours later I got to watch as fire crews were called out yet again to put out another car fire.”

Councillor David Ellesmere, from Gipping Ward, said: “Quite clearly what the councils have done isn't working.

“We need to re-visit the site and have another look at what can be done.

“It is very distressing for the residents and we can't allow it to continue.”

Alan Keeley, community safety manager for the county council said: "We are very disappointed to hear that yet another car has been burned out on this area, despite our best efforts to prevent this sort of thing happening. We appreciate that this can be quite distressing for local residents, which is why we will continue to work with Ipswich Borough Council and Suffolk Police to look at ways to address this problem. I would urge local residents to tell the police if they know anything about this most recent incident."

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