Vandals cause £25,000 of damage to home

A MAN who collapsed with life threatening injuries following a court hearing in Ipswich has suffered further problems after his home was vandalised causing £25,000 of damage.

A MAN who collapsed with life threatening injuries following a court hearing in Ipswich has suffered further problems after his home was vandalised causing £25,000 of damage.

Michael Cornwell, 53, of Back Lane, Monks Eleigh, is currently on remand awaiting a hearing in November for allegedly breaching a restraining order.

Police are now investigating an attack on his vacant home during which a sink was ripped off a wall in the upstairs bathroom and the taps were left running for up to four days.

All windows in the home were opened and items were thrown around inside the house.

The incident, which happened some time between Monday October 16 and Thursday October 19, is the latest problem to beset Mr Cornwell.

Last month he was left fighting for life with serious head injuries after being taken ill following an appearance at Ipswich Crown Court.

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The 53-year-old, who was treated at Addenbrooke's Hospital in Cambridge, claimed he sustained head injuries while on remand at Norwich Prison following two assaults.

Norfolk police are currently probing the allegations but have yet to bring any charges.

Cornwell appeared at Ipswich Crown Court on Friday for a hearing into allegations he breached a restraining order.

The court heard that Cornwell was “very ill” and a date of November 3 was set for the next hearing.

Cornwell has admitted breaching a restraining order in the past through acts such as damaging a neighbour's fence and blocking the narrow lane he lives on with a car.

Residents in Monks Eleigh claim Cornwell has subjected them to a campaign of abuse over the past three decades.

During that time he has threatened neighbours with rocks and bricks and bombarded them with abuse.

In 2004 Cornwell was jailed for 18 months after ignoring a warning from a judge that he would face prison unless he moved from the village.

Police are appealing for information following the damage caused to Cornwell's home.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Pc Beth Harper at Hadleigh Police Station on 01473 613500 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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