Bures: Angry 77-year-old hits out at raiders who stole the wheels off his ‘lifeline’ car

Stanley Watts is pictured beside his car in Bures after somebody stole the wheels.

Stanley Watts is pictured beside his car in Bures after somebody stole the wheels. - Credit: Archant

ANGRY Stanley Watts is calling on people to help police track down thieves who jacked up his car and stole its four alloy wheels.

It has left the disabled 77-year-old, from Bures, without his vital “lifeline” which he uses to ferry himself round the village and on shopping trips – and comes amid two other raids close to where he lives.

His prized V70 Volvo has been taken away from where it was parked close to his home in Eves Orchard, where he lives with his wife of 22 years Tessa, to a garage in Haverhill to have repair work done and the wheels replaced. But it has left him angry and frustrated after he found the vehicle resting on just its wheel hubs and a spare wheel.

“I want those people caught who did this to my car,” said Mr Watts, who has a heart condition and suffers from osteo-arthritis.

“This is my lifeline and gets me around and helps for my shopping. I need that car as it’s the only thing that gets me about and I suffer a lot from depression if I don’t get out.


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“It had four lovely wheels and new tyres and I want them returned. The car is eight years old and I’ve only had it for 12 months. I love it.

“I only recently had some work carried out on it and just got it back when this happened.”

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Mr Watts has been living in Bures for just over three years after moving from Leiston.

Police yesterday confirmed the theft took place between 3pm on Wednesday and 9am on Thursday.

They also reported a pressure washer stolen from a property in Church Square on Thursday night, between 6.45pm and 7.30pm, and a break-in at a barn, in Eves Orchard. A padlock to the building was broken but nothing was reported stolen.

Anyone who can help police with their investigations into the three incidents can call them on 101 or contact Crimestoppers 0800 555 111.

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