Three youths arrested over car crime

POLICE today revealed three teenagers have been arrested after officers raided a Hadleigh house and discovered a bucket full of car badges.As reported in The Evening Star earlier this week thieves have targeted dozens of cars in the town in the past week-and-a-half.

POLICE today revealed three teenagers have been arrested after officers raided a Hadleigh house and discovered a bucket full of car badges.

As reported in The Evening Star earlier this week thieves have targeted dozens of cars in the town in the past week-and-a-half.

Among the items taken were a large number of car badges being stolen as well as aerials unscrewed.

The three arrests came after officers swooped on an address in Tayler Road in the town after receiving a tip-off.

Officers searched the home and uncovered the bucket with around 30 car badges inside.

Following the discovery on Thursday at 5.30pm, three youths aged 14, 16, and 17, were arrested on suspicion of theft and are currently on police bail pending further enquires.

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Police in the town are still appealing for anyone with more information to contact them, especially anyone who has been the victim of a similar crime in the last 12 months.

Speaking before the discovery Pc Sarah Munnings said: “It is low-scale damage, but on such a large scale.

“We are urging witnesses to come forward. Anything they know, however small, may be of help.”

The spate of vandalism in the town, which targeted numerous streets, left some residents fearing car badges were being collected as trophies and swapped among friends.

Ian Fletcher, 50, of Tayler Road, who has had two badges stolen during the last few months, said: “It's just very annoying.”

Anyone with information should call Pc Munnings at the central Babergh safer neighbourhood team on 01473 613500 or crimestoppers on 0800 555111.

Have you been affected by vandalism in Hadleigh? Write to Your Letters, Evening Star, 30 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich IP4 1AN or e-mail eveningstarletters@eveningstar.co.uk.

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