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Residents blast 'inconsiderate' vandals after car windscreens smashed with bricks in Bury St Edmunds




Residents have hit out at ‘inconsiderate’ vandals who smashed their car windscreens with bricks in Bury St Edmunds at the weekend.

In a spate of vandalism overnight Saturday, April 27 and Sunday, April 28 totalling six incidents, bricks were thrown through the rear windscreens of a Škoda Octavia and Mini in Beeton’s Way (crime references 37/23882/19 and 37/23886/19).

Meanwhile, the rear windscreen of a Ford Focus C Max Gia in Hodson Close was also smashed and the front windscreen of a Peugeot 306 was destroyed with either a metal bar or brick, again in Hodson Close (37/23888/19 and 37/23877/19).

The rear window of a Mini was smashed in Beeton's Way, Bury St Edmunds, overnight on Saturday, April 27 and Sunday, April 28. Picture submitted by owner.
The rear window of a Mini was smashed in Beeton's Way, Bury St Edmunds, overnight on Saturday, April 27 and Sunday, April 28. Picture submitted by owner.

Annie Thompson, of Beeton’s Way, was alerted to the damage to her Škoda Octavia by a neighbour on Sunday morning.

A brick had been taken from a nearby wall to smash the windscreen.

Mrs Thompson, 36, said: “They’ve picked it up, walked along and my car was the first car there.

“If that’s what makes them happy they really don’t have a lot going on in their life.

“You can’t fathom why doing something like that would bring any kind of satisfaction.

“You can’t comprehend it, why someone would feel the need to touch someone else’s property.

“Your day is completely stopped in its tracks. Whatever you’ve got planned, you now know you’ve got to sort this out.”

Her husband Michael had to borrow a car from their family so he could get to work.

The damage was due to be repaired on Tuesday and while they hope it will be covered on insurance, the excess will cost them £85.

The owner of the Mini, in Beeton’s Way, who did not wish to be named, said she only noticed the damage when she left for work on Sunday morning.

“I opened the car door, didn’t even notice the back windscreen and I noticed a brick on the driving seat,” she said.

“I looked and obviously all my back windscreen had been smashed and on my parcel shelf was a brick slab.”

The bricks had been removed from her wall.

She added: “Would they like us to do it to their vehicles or their parents’ vehicles?

“It’s just so inconsiderate and unnecessary - that’s putting it politely.

“The insurance are going to pay £150 and I reckon I will have to pay another £150 extra.”

In other incidents, police were called at about noon on Sunday to reports that the driver’s side wing mirror of a Chevrolet Spark was smashed overnight (37/24024/19).

They were also called shortly before 9.40am on Sunday after a car was keyed on the driver’s side in Bullen Close overnight (CAD 85 of 28/4).

Anyone with information, should contact Suffolk Police on 101 quoting the relevant crime reference.



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