‘Mindless’ vandals smashed up a bus shelter in Moreton Hall before being chased away by a borough councillor.
On Saturday evening St Edmundsbury Borough Councillor Frank Warby was walking along Symonds Road when he spotted five youths vandalising the bus shelter.
“I gave chase but they got away,” he said.
“I would have had them when I was a bit younger.
“They smashed one window and went back once I had left and smashed another - they have made a right mess of it.
“They are just thugs with nothing better to do.
“They deliberately kicked the windows and ran off up the road.
“The glass was shatter glass so there are lots of little pieces of glass all over the place.”
Mr Warby said it was the taxpayer who would ultimately lose out.
“The bus shelter is paid for by the tax payer, he said.
“It is going to cost hundreds of pounds to repair.
“Moreton Hall is quite a prestigious place to live but we still have a few louts like everywhere else.
“I don’t think they realise what they are doing.
“It is a nuisance, it is dangerous for those people waiting for a bus or walking their dog. “We are trying to make an effort to keep the area clean, we are doing our very best to make the place nice to live in.”
Frank said parents should try to keep a better eye on what their children are up to at night. “Perhaps a little parental control may help”, he said.
“It is just sad that things like this happen.”
Suffolk County Councillor Trevor Beckwith said it was important that the public report any case of vandalism to the police, no matter how minor.
“It is totally unacceptable”, he said, “it is just mindless.
Mr Beckwith said last week a group in Haverhill were successfully prosecuted for vandalising a bus shelter so any information the police can receive is crucial.
Call police on 101 with information.