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Vandals drive out Dunkirk veteran

PUBLISHED: 17:08 12 September 2002 | UPDATED: 12:37 03 March 2010

VANDALS have made Dunkirk veteran Cyril Page's life such a living hell that he is moving out of the area he has lived in for more than 30 years.

The 84-year-old said he has been the subject of repeated break-ins and damage to his property.

VANDALS have made Dunkirk veteran Cyril Page's life such a living hell that he is moving out of the area he has lived in for more than 30 years.

The 84-year-old said he has been the subject of repeated break-ins and damage to his property. In the latest of a long line of frightening incidents Mr Page called the fire service out when two motorbikes smashed in to his neighbour's fence and were then set alight late Tuesday night.

"I heard banging outside and I went to look out of the window and saw flames at least ten feet high over the fence. They had tipped two motorbikes upside down so that the petrol spilled out of them and then set fire to them," said Mr Page of Bantoft Terrace, Ipswich.

"We have had so much trouble around here and only recently I had two youngsters trying to break my door down. I really worry about my house as anyone would but those kids seem to do what they like and I can do nothing about it.

"My invalid neighbour has not been out of her house for five months and it is just not right. I have lived here for 30 years and there has been vandalism for 28 of those," he added.

Mr Page moved to his specially modified bungalow with his late wife who suffered from MS but in his youth he used to play in the area and said it has gone down hill.

"I used to play on the recreation ground behind my house when I was young and it was a lovely area. The area. Then I moved here with my wife and things went down hill. The problem is that the area behind my house is derelict and these kids just hang around there causing trouble. When my wife was alive she could not even sit out in the garden in her wheel chair because they used to throw things at her," he said angrily.

Mr Page, who appeared in the Evening Star back in February when his house was burgled, is now looking in to moving to a smaller home away from the area because he has had enough of the endless trouble.

"I did look in to moving after my wife died 11 years ago but the council said it was impossible. My daughters keep going on at me to move but in the past I have said that I will just get on with it. But now it is too much I have applied for a transfer. It seems that because we are old we are vulnerable and seen as an easy target."

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