Vandals leave Norwich Road in Ipswich looking ‘like a bomb site’

Norwich Road vandalism, Ipswich

Norwich Road vandalism, Ipswich - Credit: Archant

Groups of ‘thugs’ went on a destructive rampage on Norwich Road in Ipswich at the weekend - kicking down garden walls, smashing bins and leaving the area looking ‘like a bomb site’.

A wall has been kicked in on Norwich Road.

A wall has been kicked in on Norwich Road. - Credit: Sarah Lucy brown

According to witnesses two separate groups of young people vandalised front gardens along the road on Sunday night and in the early hours of Monday morning, leaving residents wondering when it will happen next.

Barbara Thorn, 65, had her front garden wall completely destroyed by the ‘thugs’.

“It is just so frustrating,” she said.

“There were bricks in the road, they had emptied and kicked over the bins - it looked like a bomb site.

Norwich Road vandalism, Ipswich

Norwich Road vandalism, Ipswich - Credit: Archant

“They literally wrecked the place.

“Why should thugs do this kind of thing to people who just want to live in peace.

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“My question is where are the parents?”

One resident, who wished not to be named in fear of reprisal, said she saw two groups of young people vandalise garden walls.

She said the first group of four, who smashed down a wall at around 6.30pm on Sunday, looked to be around 15 or 16 years old and were all wearing dark clothing, hoodies and had their faces covered.

She said later on at 12.30pm another group, this time a few years younger, came along and smashed another wall.

“The younger group were laughing and swearing,” she said, “I really couldn’t believe it.”

“They were leaping at it with both feet to smash it and karate kicking it.

“When it first happened I was livid, I just can’t comprehend why somebody thinks ‘lets knock this wall down’ - I can’t get my head around it.”

Tony Mayers, 42, also suffered damage to his garden wall and had an apple thrown at his window.

“It was probably a bit of fun for them kicking in some’s wall but they don’t see the consequences.”

A police spokesman said: “Police were called at 7.25pm on Sunday October 23 to reports that a wall had been kicked over in Norwich Road – suspects described as four youths dressed in dark clothing.

“There was another call to police from a neighbouring property at 12.40am in the morning on Monday October 24, reporting another wall had just been kicked over.

“There has been at least one other incident crimed, with damage to a wall at a neighbouring property.”

Any witnesses should call Suffolk Police on 101 quoting reference 62404/16.