Vandal victim's new agony

ISOBEL Woolnough has suffered two torturous years at the hand of Ipswich yobs, but today she has reached the end of her tether.Her ordeal began when intruders started digging up her garden - she believes searching for hidden drugs - and later her car was stolen.

ISOBEL Woolnough has suffered two torturous years at the hand of Ipswich yobs, but today she has reached the end of her tether.

Her ordeal began when intruders started digging up her garden - she believes searching for hidden drugs - and later her car was stolen.

Now, the latest act of vandalism, which last week saw arsonists torch Mrs Woolnough's car has left the 51-year-old's disabled mother housebound and created endless problems.

Mrs Woolnough said: “I'm gutted. I have had the car two months and my mum bought it for my birthday.

“She is disabled and bought it so I could take her out and about. She is in a wheelchair and she is completely stuck now.

“She had a stroke and then a fall and she has just got out of hospital.”

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Mrs Woolnough, who lives in Burrell Road, Ipswich used the car to help 85-year-old Isabella Scott to the shops.

She added: “I have been in tears and I am off work anyway because I have a bad back.

“Things had got a bit better down here but loads of car tyres did get slashed about four months ago - I think there were about six cars done.

“This time they set fire to the bins and pushed them across to the car. If the car had been the other way round they would have got the petrol tank and that would have gone up like a bomb.

“I have never fallen out with anyone and if anyone wants anything I help them. That is what makes this so hard.”

Mrs Woolnough said she and her husband have looked to sell their home of 18 years but nobody wants to move to the area.

The problems the couple were experiencing with their garden, which led them to clear the yard backing on to Willoughby Road, have now stopped.

At the time a police dog was employed in a bid to see what the intruders were searching for but nothing was found.

Mrs Woolnough's R registration Rover 416 was set on fire at about 11pm on Thursday

Anyone with information should call Ipswich police on 01473 613500 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.

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