Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 13°C

min temp: 9°C

ESTD 1874 Search

Bury St Edmunds: Charity worker among those targeted in ‘anti-wealth’ vandalism spree

12:00 23 March 2014

The Mercedes SLK 230 which was damaged while parked in Northgate Street.

The Mercedes SLK 230 which was damaged while parked in Northgate Street.


A charity worker saving up for his wedding has hit out at vandals who caused £10,000 of damage to cars during a spree targeting “the rich”.

Andrew McGowan was one of five victims of a recent spate in Bury St Edmunds that saw tyres slashed, paintwork scratched and a corrosive substance poured over vehicles.

Ashley Poultney’s Mercedes SLK 230 had to be written off as a result of the incident, while 25-year-old Mr McGowan – who only passed his driving test last year – has had to fork out for the repairs to his Ford Focus himself rather than claim it on his insurance and risk a spiralling premium.

Mr McGowan and his dad have also done their best to remove scratches rather than have them repaired professionally.

As well as having his tyres punctures, Mr McGowan’s car was scratched with anarchist symbols and writing he believes reads “rich for themselves, don’t forget the poor”.

Mr McGowan works at Cambridge-based young carers charity Centre 33, having been a young carer to his disabled parents.

“I think they’re making a very misguided political statement,” said Mr McGowan, who lives in Northgate Street.

“By targeting innocent individuals’ cars, that’s not going to get anyone on their case. We’ve got nothing to do with the decisions being made.

“We’ve had to use money we’ve put in our wedding fund to pay for the costs. It’s had a huge impact, because we really want to be putting every spare penny we’ve got towards the wedding.”

Neighbour Mr Poultney commutes to London for work every day, getting up at 5am and returning home at 8pm, and described those that did the damage as “sad”.

He added: “I work hard, I work at the weekends, and my money has been wasted. These people have made assumptions that are totally misguided.”

The incidents in Northgate Street and adjoining Cannon Street happened overnight between Saturday, March 15 and Sunday. Police are linking the attacks to an incident on the Angel Hill between 11pm on Friday, March 14 and Monday.

Anyone with information should contact Pc Charlie Birrell at Bury St Edmunds police station on 101.


  • Absolutely disgusting criminal behaviour. Of course, its probably less directly at the rich, Its Bury St Edmunds after all (not poor but not exactly millionaires row - although there are many wealthy people living in such area)... more likely indirectly targeting Conservative supporters (who politically are seen more against the working class than Labour) and those deemed to be middle class. Either way I hope the vandals are caught and brought to justice...

    Report this comment

    Ipswich Entrepreneur

    Sunday, March 23, 2014

  • Sarky Sage

    Sunday, March 23, 2014

  • Sarky Sage

    Sunday, March 23, 2014

  • Sarky Sage

    Sunday, March 23, 2014

  • Sarky Sage

    Sunday, March 23, 2014

  • Just goes to prove the mentality of some, just because someone drives a nice car it doesnt mean theyre rich. And more to the point since when has a Ford focus been a car of the wealthy. Foolish behaviour by brain dead individuals who have no respect for anyone including themselves. Hope they get caught and dealt with appropriately.

    Report this comment

    a friend

    Sunday, March 23, 2014

The views expressed in the above comments do not necessarily reflect the views of this site

Corrie McKeague on CCTV outside The Grapes pub in Bury St Edmunds

An abandoned white van is today being investigated by police looking into the disappearance of RAF Honington serviceman Corrie McKeague.

Stock image.

A pedestrian was in hospital on Thursday evening after a collision involving a Ford Transit van in Suffolk.

Police say they are getting to grips with drug-dealing in Leiston after a series of arrests in the town.

Campaigners protest outside the NSFT AGM at IP-City Centre in Ipswich.

Campaigners have demanded answers and greater transparency from mental health bosses over a “shocking” rise in unexpected patient deaths in Suffolk and Norfolk.

Scene of an armed robbery in Newland Street, Witham. Image: Sarah Mitchell

A man with a firearm threatened a security van driver outside an Essex branch of Halifax today.

Katie Hawkes, Peter Hawkes, Callum Limer and Kenny Sayer as some of the zany characters in SODS pantomime 'Sinbad And The Magical Mystery'.

Suffolk’s pantomime season is almost upon us, but which of the county’s festive treats will you see this year?

The Lower Brook Street newsroom in the late 1980s with Paul Geater sitting opposite current EADT editor Terry Hunt and current Bury Mercury editor Russell Cook in the foreground.

Today I’m spending my last day at my desk in our Lower Brook Street offices more than 34 years after I first walked into the newsroom as a junior reporter, writes Paul Geater.

Most read

Great Days Out


Click here to view
the Great Days Out


Most commented


Show Job Lists

Don't miss


Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to the following newsletters:

MyDate24 MyPhotos24