Vandalism sparks CCTV call

A businessman has hit out at vandals making his life a misery - after they attacked his shop for the third time this year.

FELIXSTOWE: A businessman has hit out at vandals making his life a misery - after they attacked his shop for the third time this year.

Warren O'Connell, who runs Suffolk Tiles, Beach Station Road, Felixstowe, is counting the cost of the damage, which has left him �1,500 out of pocket at a difficult trading time.

“It's not been an easy time because of the recession and I am getting fed up with my windows being smashed,” he said.

“Once you have paid the excess of �250 because of the insurance and the VAT on the bill, and then the extra insurance costs next time because you keep claiming, it comes to about �500 a time, which is a lot for a small business.

“That's �1,500 I might as well have put in the bin.”

He is concerned the town's CCTV system does not stretch as far as the southern seafront - covering the town centre and seafront near the pier - and is worried criminals are targeting places where there are no cameras.

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“We have several empty shops in the street as well at the moment, so damage like this does not help those of us still here,” he said.

A police spokeswoman appealed for anyone who saw or heard the damage being caused - late Sunday night or in the early hours of Monday - to contact the police.

She said: “Police officers do patrol the area but cannot be everywhere at once. We would urge anyone seeing damage being caused or hearing noise of a crime in progress to call us on 999 so we can respond immediately.”

Anyone with information should call Felixstowe police on 01473 613500.

Should Felixstowe's CCTV system be extended all along the seafront area? Write to Your Letters, Evening Star, 30 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich, IP4 1AN, or e-mail eveningstarletters@eveningstar.co.uk