Ipswich: THIRTY vehicles damaged in ‘senseless’ overnight crime spree in Alan Road – Residents express anger

Alan Road resident Jason Arnold, 36, spoke of his shock after his silver BMW was vandalised. Alan Road resident Jason Arnold, 36, spoke of his shock after his silver BMW was vandalised.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014
6:00 AM

Angry residents have vented their fury after almost 30 vehicles in just one road were damaged in a “senseless” overnight act of vandalism in Ipswich.

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Police said at least 20 vehicles were targeted in Alan Road in the early hours of Bank Holiday Monday, leaving frustrated motorists hundreds of pounds out of pocket. The Star understands the number of vehicles damaged is closer to 30.

Residents were woken up yesterday morning by police officers carrying out door-to-door enquiries. Cars and vans were scratched and dented – and police believe a “late-night reveller” could be the culprit.

Resident Jason Arnold said it will cost him between £500-600 to repair his silver BMW after it was heavily scratched on the bonnet and across one side.

The 36-year-old said: “They have done one side of the whole street and the repair work will probably cost us all around £30-40,000, coming out of our own pockets.

“Police stepping up patrols might help, but unless you catch them in the act, it is very difficult.”

Bricklayer Darnell McLucas, 27, expressed his frustration after his van was scratched.

He said: “Police knocked on my door at around 11.30am saying around 30 cars in the street had something done to them overnight.

“One white Ford Fiesta had its windscreen smashed.

“Whoever did it are lowlifes. Someone has probably been out drinking and just decided to do it. They must be caught, but what can police do? It only takes a few minutes to scratch some cars.”

At least 18 vehicles had their tyres slashed in a similar overnight crime spree in adjoining Rose Hill Road in July 2012.

Another Alan Road resident, who wished to remain anonymous, said a decision to switch off street lights at midnight around a year ago has made it easier for vandals and burglars to commit crime overnight.

Another feared someone could suffer serious injuries in a crash if the damage was not spotted by the vehicle owner. They said the driver could lose control of the vehicle, or suffer a sudden blow-out, on a fast main road like the A14 or the A12.

Another added: “It was senseless. I hope police catch them.”

A Suffolk Constabulary spokesman said the investigation remains ongoing, adding: “Officers have so far received calls from owners of 20 cars and vans that were parked in Alan Road overnight between Sunday and Monday, whose vehicles were either scratched or dented by a sharp instrument.

“At this stage there is no obvious motive. The immediate suspicion focuses on a late-night reveller, but there could be a more specific reason behind the act.

“We will be examining CCTV in a bid to find the culprit or individuals responsible.”

People with information about the incident are urged to come forward. Call police on 101.

22 comments

  • I don't believe for one minute that this was done by someone who had been angered by inconsiderate parking. It was far more likely to have been done by some pathetic moron who probably thought it was hilarious after a few beers on hisher way home. The fact that the cars were on the pavement probably was just too tempting for this mindless individual and just meant they could vandalise more cars for less effort. Simple.

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    alittlebitwoolly

    Friday, August 29, 2014

  • @Chris Church - It is possible to consider more than one highway rule at a time. It is possible to park fully on the carriageway without causing an obstruction. Sure, some parking capacity might be lost, but vehicles would simply have to find the nearest appropriate space that does not contravene the highway code. Some people walk 5 miles for fresh water - waling 5 minutes to your home is hardly strenuous.

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    ipswichLAD

    Thursday, August 28, 2014

  • I cannot believe some of the comments on here seems like a lot of angry people in this town. People need a car if they work outside town and they should be able to park outside their house without fear of it being vandalised. Most of the roads in Ipswich were never built with a car in mind and are too narrow to not put 2 wheels on the pavement. If you park with consideration and leave enough space I cannot see a problem. I very much doubt if the moron who smashed up these cars cared how people were parked he obviously has a crap life and decided to cheer himself up by bringing misery to 30 other people.

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    royg

    Thursday, August 28, 2014

  • No sympathy whatsoever, you have got your just deserts. As usual it is a all for one and one for me attitude. Car drivers in this town are beyond inconsiderate. Probably perpetrated by someone who is less than happy they cannot afford their own car due to economic conditions which just increases the snotty attitude of the car driver. Your days are numbered anyway. FY

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    Happy

    Thursday, August 28, 2014

  • Fair points pinch. However with the small roads such as this not parking on the pavement (so fuly on the road) would obstruct and seriously inconvenience any emergency services vehicles that would need to travel down them. It's a catch 22. Either bother a few people on foot, or complain when someone dies due to an ambulance or fire engine not getting through quick enough!

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    Chris Church

    Thursday, August 28, 2014

  • Well, it wasn't an entirely serious suggestion that it was done by a wheelchair user and the further details not originally reported make it even less likely. However, I did want to take this story as an opportunity (without insulting people, a problem that has seemed too difficult for some on here) to raise the profile of the problem of inconsiderate and illegal parking, because I am passionate about it and am delighted that this is now the most commented on story on the site. I'm not condoning criminal damage, but it's quite likely that someone has been upset beyond their limited ability to deal with it by cars being left inconsiderately. The highway code states that decriminalised parking enforcement "is becoming increasingly common as more authorities take on this role. The local traffic authority assumes responsibility for enforcing many parking contraventions in place of the police." Ipswich Council operates 'DPE' - perhaps that should be DPN, for non-enforcement. Parking with 2 wheels on the pavement would contravene the rules if they were enforced. The widths of the pavements are decided by planners to give pedestrians as much room as possible without making the roads so narrow as to be truly dangerous, while limited by our old street layout. It is not for any of us to decide that pavement users do not need that space. The highway code states that "You MUST NOT park partially or wholly on the pavement in London, and should not do so elsewhere unless signs permit it. Parking on the pavement can obstruct and seriously inconvenience pedestrians, people in wheelchairs or with visual impairments and people with prams or pushchairs." A lack of a sign saying that it is not permitted does not constitute a sign permitting it. People who try to justify doing so by declaring that there is plenty of room for pedestrians are just trying to justify their own inconsiderate behaviour becuase they do not want to face up to the truth andor do not want others to realise what the truth it. I have not lived on a narrow street while I have had a car. I did consider some houses in that area, but they did not have driveways, I considered the roads too narrow to park on safely and of course parking even partly on the pavements is a really bad idea, so I went elsewhere. P.S. some of these vehicles are also facing against the direction of travel. The highway code also states "If you have to stop on the roadside, do not park facing against the traffic flow". Now debate that. Politely, if possible.

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    pinch 'n' a punch

    Wednesday, August 27, 2014

  • Ipswich Man - And how am I commenting on things I know nothing about? Not like I've lived down the small side roads of Ipswich for 20 or so years. Oh wait, I have! As for parking...any yellow lines or parking restrictions on the road also apply to the adjoining pavement. On Alan Road there are no lines and therefore it is legal to park on the pavement - at least so long as you do no completely block it. There is plenty enough room for people to walk on the pavement down there. I do agree that if cars are parked in such a way they block the pavement and force pedestrians onto the road that is a completely different matter. It's still not cause for someone to damage other people's property. Any problem should be reported to the council for them to deal with (though this may result in people bricking the council building as they would be slow to act). Thanks to IanW for pointing out the fact that cars on driveways were also attacked. How did these people annoy the vandals then Ipswich man? The issue here is someone attacked a number of cars for no real reason other than they could, and this is not appropiate behaviour at all.

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    Chris Church

    Wednesday, August 27, 2014

  • @ IanW I do question who the selfish, thoughtless individual is.

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    David White

    Wednesday, August 27, 2014

  • I know for a fact some of the cars damaged were on peoples driveways.

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    willy&wally

    Tuesday, August 26, 2014

  • Chris, Pavements are public space provided for people to walk on in safety, not additional parking for people who've bought a car without have somewhere to put it. Theres no justification for being a selfish, thoughtless individual, if you can't afford somewhere to park you can't afford to own a car.

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    IanW

    Tuesday, August 26, 2014

  • Chris church (made up name). I have lived down a small road like Alan Road. Don't comment on things you know nothing about. Cars are mean't to be on roads and not paths. If I have to step off the path because of an idiot parked on said path, then the owner is liable. He has created the accident. Basically learn to park better. I reckon these parkers have annoyed the wrong people.

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    Ipswich Man

    Tuesday, August 26, 2014

  • Its a footpath.....Simples!!!

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    Victor Meldrew

    Tuesday, August 26, 2014

  • As long as there is sufficient room for pedestrians or a wheelchair to pass, parking 2 wheels the pavement is a safety precaution. It helps to prevent your can being hit by other vehicles on a narrow street like Alan Road. Furthermore, parking on the pavement has absolutely no relevance to the crimes that have been committed.

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    David White

    Tuesday, August 26, 2014

  • I dont condone vandalism but parking on a pavements is inconsiderate and selfish and I have no sympathy.

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    IanW

    Tuesday, August 26, 2014

  • Council parking staff cannot issue tickets for cars parked on paths , its a police problem

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    Poppys Dad

    Tuesday, August 26, 2014

  • Agree shouldn't park on pavement, but if people didn't park on the pavement, then Alan Road would be totally impassable. Person in a wheelchair or a pram?..hardly if screens smashed as well. There is no excuse for this, surely someone would have heard glass smashing?. Totally agree street lights should be ON

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    greypride

    Tuesday, August 26, 2014

  • Hopefully a warden will ticket all the cars illegally parked on the pavement.

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    Ipswich Man

    Tuesday, August 26, 2014

  • CCTV in Alan road ! Shows what the Police spokesperson knows about the area !

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    Poppys Dad

    Tuesday, August 26, 2014

  • Smashing windscreens and slashing tyres as they go? Highly unlikely it was someone innocently passing in a wheelchair!

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    emi7

    Tuesday, August 26, 2014

  • How can there be "another reason"!! These brainless morons if caught will only get 20hrs community service!!Need 4 years and work to repay the damage.

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    tonyb

    Tuesday, August 26, 2014

  • A lot of them seem to be on the pavement. Perhaps it was someone in a wheelchair trying to get past without having to go into the road

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    pinch 'n' a punch

    Tuesday, August 26, 2014

  • it was two teenagers on bikes last time.

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    John Smith

    Tuesday, August 26, 2014

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