A Suffolk five-year-old was left 'upset and confused' after his pumpkin was destroyed in the second incident of its kind reported in the area this Halloween. 

Katie Hudson, of Betty Cocker Grove in Great Cornard, near Sudbury, said there were four pumpkins outside their family home, one of which had been designed by her son Arthur, on the morning of Thursday, October 26.

But by midday, when they were leaving the house, Ms Hudson said she noticed her son's pumpkin was gone. 

East Anglian Daily Times: Arthur, 5, with his pumpkin which was later found smashedArthur, 5, with his pumpkin which was later found smashed (Image: Katie Hudson)

"He was upset as we didn’t know what happened," she said.

"However once we started driving and coming out the road, we saw it smashed on the side of the road.

"My little boy was obviously upset and confused as why they only smashed his as he worked so hard on it." 

East Anglian Daily Times: Arthur carving the pumpkinArthur carving the pumpkin (Image: Katie Hudson)

Ms Hudson said she bought some more pumpkins for Arthur which they displayed in the safety of their back garden.

This is the second case of pumpkins being smashed in the Sudbury and Great Cornard area this year. 

On Monday 23, Niamh Hutchings, 24 of Applegate Mews, found the pumpkins she had carved for her three-year-old son Reuben smashed in the street. 

East Anglian Daily Times: Arthur's pumpkin smashed at the site of the roadArthur's pumpkin smashed at the site of the road (Image: Katie Hudson)

Ms Hudson said of the incident: "It was so upsetting that someone went out their way to smash it. It was clearly a child’s pumpkin, as it had drawings on it. 

"It also happened to my sister-in-law, who also lives in Cornard. She also had four out and they only smashed one.

"I would just want to know what joy they got out of ruining something for a child?

"My little boy worked so hard finding his pumpkin at the patch and drawing it and then carving to then have it selfishly smashed up, and where he could see it smashed too. It’s heartbreaking."