Houses and school targeted

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HOMEOWNERS in Stowupland were given a nasty New Year surprise when they woke up on Saturday to find vandals had sprayed their walls and windows with paint.

Seven homes in Church Road, Reeds Way, Barley Close and Jubilee Crescent were targeted, as well as Stowupland High School and Jubilee Court, a residential home.

One woman in Reeds Way, whose home was branded with a large symbol, said she had called police after a neighbour made her aware of the damage, which must have happened between Friday night and Saturday morning.

She did not want to be named but said she was worried it would not be easy to remove after learning that it was done with paint used for dying livestock.

Ann and Ken Lawrence live opposite the damaged brickwork and have been confronted with it every day for the past week when they have opened their front door.

Mrs Lawrence, 70, said: “We commented how quiet it had been because we usually get a lot of noise on New Year’s Eve. We didn’t know about it until our neighbour next door came and told us.

“It’s not nice to look at.

“I feel really sorry for her over the road.”

She added: “We had a problem last year with vandalism of hanging baskets so I don’t put them out any more – this is another one of those prankish things.”

Mid Suffolk District Council owns Jubilee Court and says it will remove the three large symbols that have stained the brickwork there.

A spokeswoman for the council said it had also agreed to remove the graffiti in Reeds Close after it was reported to the council by a neighbour who felt that it had ‘religious connotations’.

It hopes to have the vandalised areas cleaned within the next week.

A caretaker at Stowupland High School discovered more damage on an area of the school’s exterior wall in the sports hall car park.

The paint could not be removed so the marks continue to be visible but plans are being made to repaint the affected area.

Police are appealing for information about the nine acts of criminal damage.

Calls should be made to Sgt Neil Paterson at the Stowmarket Safer Neighbourhood Team on 01473 613500 or the charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.