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Victory for vandalism victims

PUBLISHED: 13:30 29 October 2001 | UPDATED: 10:45 03 March 2010

RESIDENTS of an Ipswich street plagued by vandalism have achieved a small victory.

It comes after the Evening Star reported youths have been terrorising people in Bader Close.

RESIDENTS of an Ipswich street plagued by vandalism have achieved a small victory.

It comes after the Evening Star reported youths have been terrorising people in Bader Close.

After The Star highlighted their plight Ipswich Borough Council invited residents to a meeting at Holywells Court, Felix Road, today, to discuss the problems.

Representatives from police, the local Area Forum, Ipswich Borough Council legal department and Ipswich borough homes will be at the meeting starting at 4 pm.

The letter, signed by Ipswich Borough Council estate officers Isobel Otto and Sharon Rumsby, read: "In the light of increasing problems with local youths and vandalism to property in Bader Close we have arranged for a meeting.

"You will have the opportunity to discuss various issues and problems you are experiencing or may be aware of."

Over the last six months, The Star has reported on youths in Ipswich going on wrecking sprees – setting fire to cars, breaking into sheds, smashing up windows and doors of flats and trashing cars at night.

They daubed the Nazi symbol in graffiti on the inside of the flats and signed their name on the wall declaring they rule.

Resident Michael Girling, 50, said: "I am pleased I went to The Star. I had really reached the end of my tether. Old people were getting scared. It was getting way out of hand. I am relieved that the meeting has been arranged. But it is still not enough."

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