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Vandals target rubbish bins

PUBLISHED: 12:12 09 December 2001 | UPDATED: 11:01 03 March 2010

MINDLESS vandals have ripped up new litter bins which were aimed to make Ipswich a tidier town.

The new, large, bins were installed in the town during the last month.

MINDLESS vandals have ripped up new litter bins which were aimed to make Ipswich a tidier town.

The new, large, bins were installed in the town during the last month.

They are larger than traditional bins, and have a flip-top lid rather than being open – so litter is not blown out of them in blustery conditions.

But over the past few days three of the bins, at the bottom of Lloyd's Avenue, in Tavern Street, and in Buttermarket street, have been ripped out of the ground and damaged.

Now council workers are having to repair them, and hope that the vandals do not return.

Civic Centre officials are also studying CCTV tapes to see if they can identify the idiots who damaged the bins.

"These have been very successful in reducing the litter in the town centre because they are bigger than the previous bins, more obvious, and once the litter is put in them it stays there," said Mike Tee, from the borough's highways' department.

"So it is very irritating that the bins have been damaged. We assume the damage was caused by vandals after they'd had too much to drink – but we hope we can identify the culprits."


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