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Spate of vandalism sees charity shops and vehicles targeted in Stowmarket

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Paul Dunn from Stowmarket who's car was broken into, and let smash into a shop wall. ANL-140705-203010009

Mark Westley Photography Paul Dunn from Stowmarket who's car was broken into, and let smash into a shop wall. ANL-140705-203010009

A spate of ‘mindless vandalism’ in Stowmarket has seen windows of charity shops, cars and residential properties smashed.

Paul Dunn, 40, of Ipswich Street, Stowmarket, was on his way to work last Friday when he discovered the windows of his car had been smashed and the handbrake released causing it to roll back and demolish a wall.

He said: “I think police need to step up patrols in the town late at night.

“It’s not just the initial effect of having to take time off work and get the damage repaired we are now looking at the car every minute and can expect our insurance premiums to go up.

The wall that Mr Dunn’s car rolled into and demolished neighboured the YMCA shop.

He said staff members often sat directly behind the wall and had it collapsed at another time they could easily have been injured by the falling rubble.

The British Heart Foundation shop in Ipswich Street had 12 panes of glass in a first floor window smashed over three nights between April 29 and May 2.

Assistant manager Phill Aldous said: “It’s mindless vandalism they can’t get in to the shop through the window that has been broken.

“It costs us money to have the window replaced and before that to call the glazier out to make it safe.

“We are a charity and now we will have to raise extra money to pay for the window as well as facing higher insurance costs.

“All because some idiot has thrown a brick through the window.”

Between April 30 and May 2 a total of 12 cars had windows smashed across 10 locations in Stowmarket.

In addition, between April 29 and May 5 windows were broken at five shops and residential properties in Ipswich Street, Violet Hill Road, Temple Road and Lockington Crescent.

A police spokesperson has said: “We have recently had a number of incidents of criminal damage in Stowmarket some of which are being linked.

“We have ongoing enquiries into these crimes and police have recently made several arrests.”

On May 4, police arrested four teenage boys on suspicion of criminal damage in relation to a rock being thrown through a patio door in Lockington 
Crescent.

The boys have been released on bail until May 24 and 25.

 

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