Retired couple feel ‘let down’ by police response

Vandals pushed over the wall of Tony and Margaret Williams' house in Brandon. When they reported it to police (with the name of one of the vandals) the police said there was nothing they could do about it.
Vandals pushed over the wall of Tony and Margaret Williams' house in Brandon. When they reported it to police (with the name of one of the vandals) the police said there was nothing they could do about it.
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A RETIRED couple whose property was damaged by drunken vandals say police have let them down badly.

A wall outside the home of Tony and Margaret Williams, of Thetford Road, Brandon, was broken at around 11pm on July 16 by yobs who also threatened the couple.

When police arrived half an hour later, Mr Williams gave them details of one of the group who he had recognised - including his name and where they could be found.

But despite the information and the Williams’ eyewitness accounts, police were unable to make any arrests because the identified man was only part of the group and did not carry out the damage himself.

Mr Williams, a former account manager, said he was still angry about the police’s response to the incident.

“The police let us down badly and it’s the second time our wall’s been damaged.

“The police in recent days are saying they will protect citizens from rioters detecting who they are from CCTV cameras, but they cannot protect a couple of pensioners in their home even if they name one of them.

“My daughter said she’d looked one of them up on Facebook and they were bragging about what they’d done like it was a big joke.”

Mr Williams said he made a series of inquiries to Suffolk Police to find out if the matter would go any further, including two emails to their Martlesham headquarters.

He said: “A police sergeant came to see us to smooth things over, saying the one person we named had said he didn’t do it so that was the end of it.

“It just seems like they have no time to carry out any investigating now.”

Suffolk Police have confirmed that they attended the scene promptly and carried out follow-ups to the incident.

A spokeswoman said: “Two men were engaged with officers after the incident and their details were obtained.

“There was insufficient evidence to suggest they had committed the damage.

“The investigation concluded at the end of the month.”

A house to house check was conducted by an officer the following day but no witnesses were forthcoming, she added.

However, Mr Williams said several neighbours had come out at the time of the incident - but would have been at work when police inquiries were made.