Tyres slashed by vandals

PUBLISHED: 16:39 14 August 2001 | UPDATED: 10:26 03 March 2010

VANDALS have caused hundreds of pounds worth of damage after slashing tyres to 16 vehicles in Ipswich.


By Seb Short

VANDALS have caused hundreds of pounds worth of damage after slashing tyres to 16 vehicles in Ipswich.

Residents in Cliff Lane are today counting the cost of the damage, which is believed to have happened between 11pm and 2am.

All of the cars that fell victim to the vandals were parked along the road – with most having two tyres – the pair nearest the curb – slashed.

Amazingly no one has reported hearing any disturbance overnight to the police.

One family that was severely disrupted was the Higgins family. They had two vehicles attacked – with two tyres being affected on a Ford Escort and a Ford Galaxy.

Father of four Tim Higgins said: "I think that this will cost us £150 at least to get four new tyres. It's unbelievable that they have done this and no one has heard anything.

"My wife was due to go to aerobics this morning and was going to take three of the kids with her. My son Adam has a swimming lesson but it looks like we'll have to get the bus into town. It's just annoying and puts everyone out."

Mr Higgins added that he was worried about a neighbour who had to leave for the airport to go on holiday today – but luckily he was not affected.

It appears that cars parked in driveways, instead of on the road, where not affected by the vandals.

Today the road was strewn with tyre repair vehicles seeing to the damaged vehicles. The cost of the damage is thought to run into hundreds of pounds.

Another family affected was the Bevans, who moved in to Cliff Lane three weeks ago.

Dean Bevan said: "My wife Joanna was supposed to have an anti-natal appointment today but she won't be able to go now. I have no idea how I'm going to move the car and it is also blocking our other car. It's a ridiculous situation. I thought this was a nice part of town."

Suffolk Police spokesperson Steve Henry said: " This is a serious crime and we would appeal for anyone who saw anything or anybody acting suspiciously to call us on 01473 613500."

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