Yobs admit car damage rampage

A TRIO involved in an air rifle shooting spree which left 40 cars damaged and a man injured are today awaiting their fate after admitting their part in the rampage.

A TRIO involved in an air rifle shooting spree which left 40 cars damaged and a man injured are today awaiting their fate after admitting their part in the rampage.

Ryan Jefferies, 21, Megan Lawrence, 18, and a 16-year-old who cannot be named for legal reasons, appeared at South East Suffolk Magistrates' Court yesterday.

The three targeted and smashed vehicle windscreens in Ipswich, Felixstowe, Stowmarket, Woodbridge and surrounding villages on October 14, and a 21-year-old man was struck in the face by a pellet in Clapgate Lane, Ipswich.

Jefferies and Lawrence, both of Edwin Avenue in Woodbridge, both admitted 13 charges of criminal damage, one charge of assault by beating and one charge of possession of an imitation firearm in a public place.

The 16-year-old boy from the Woodbridge area admitted seven offences of criminal damage and one charge of possession of an imitation firearm in a public place.

Prosecuting, Emma Lister said: “The Rover car was registered to Jefferies and he was taken to Felixstowe police station. The others were then also arrested.

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“Jefferies showed police the route they took and admitted shooting vehicles and property.

“Their journey included Needham Market, Grundisburgh, Otley, Orford, Woodbridge, Martlesham, Newbourne, Kirton, Felixstowe and Nacton.”

The injured victim was shot above the cheek bone and has since suffered migraines.

The 16-year-old will be sentenced by Ipswich magistrates in youth court on Tuesday .

Magistrates decided they did not have enough sentencing power to deal with Jefferies and Lawrence and they will be sentenced at Ipswich Crown Court on a date yet to be fixed.

n. Luke Berry, 19, the fourth person charged in relation to the rampage, will appear in magistrates court on Monday to enter a plea.

POLICE began receiving reports of damage to houses and cars at 9.10pm on October 14 when a window of a house in Church Street, Orford, was smashed by pellets thought to have been fired by an airgun.

Shortly before 10pm, residents reported shots being fired at two cars in Quay Street in the village, shattering the windows.

A short time later the windows of at least ten cars were smashed by an airgun in Orford Road, Cavendish Road, Beach Road West and Tacon Road, Felixstowe.

At around 11pm, five vehicles in Theberton Road, Ipswich, had their windows damaged and 40 minutes later a 21-year-old was struck in the face by a pellet, thought to have been shot from an airgun, while he was outside the Co-op store in Clapgate Lane.

Following the incident, residents were left with a huge clean-up operation and an insurance headache.

A police spokesman said: “Dozens of vehicles were damaged at locations across the Woodbridge, Felixstowe, Stowmarket and Ipswich areas on Sunday, October 14 - and a 21-year-old man was struck on the side of the head as he walked in Clapgate Lane in Ipswich.”