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Man bailed in connection with criminal damage to vehicles along Norfolk/Suffolk border

A man who was arrested in connection with a series of incidents of criminal damage on the Suffolk/Norfolk border has been bailed.

Police are currently investigating a number of incidents involving vehicles being damaged by objects being thrown at them along roads in various villages and towns in and around the A146, A143 and the B1062.

A man, aged in his 20s and from the Loddon area, was arrested yesterday evening (Wednesday 12 June) on suspicion of criminal damage. He was taken into police custody for questioning and has subsequently been released on bail until Tuesday 9 July, pending further enquiries.

Anyone who has been a victim, or has any information about these incidents or who may have dash-cam footage is asked to contact PS Mark Sargeant at Suffolk police or PC Andy Barkway at Norfolk police on 101 quoting crime reference number 37/32365/19.

Alternatively, contact the independent charity Crimestoppers 100% anonymously on 0800 555 111 or via their anonymous online form at crimestoppers-uk.org.

 

Previous release | 13 June 2019 - 12.31pm

Police investigating a series of incidents where vehicles have been damaged by objects being thrown at them on the Norfolk/Suffolk border have made an arrest.

More than 50 cars and a private ambulance have been targeted or damaged since police received the first report on Friday 24 May, along roads in various villages and towns including the A146, A143 and the B1062.

A man, aged in his 20s and from the Loddon area, was arrested yesterday evening (Wednesday 12 June) on suspicion of criminal damage. He remains in police custody at this time.

Previous release | 12 June 2019

Police are continuing to appeal for information after a further seven reports involving vehicles being damaged by objects being thrown at them were received overnight.

A total of six cars and a private ambulance were damaged while they were being driven along roads between the Suffolk and Norfolk border.

Almost 50 vehicles have been targeted or damaged since police received the first report on Friday 24 May, along roads in various villages and towns in and around the A146, A143 and the B1062.

Details of the seven incidents are as follows:

• At around midday on Wednesday 29 May, a motorist was driving a BMW 520 on the A146 near Morrisons Supermarket in Beccles when a stone was thrown at the windscreen, which caused it to shatter.
• On Saturday 8 June, at about 10.45pm, a motorist was driving on the A146, between the roundabout and near the BP garage at Hales, northbound when a stone was thrown from an oncoming vehicle. The stone caused damage to the grill and the bumper of a Ford Focus.
• On Monday 3 June, at around 10pm, a motorist was travelling on the A146 from Beccles, when they heard a loud noise while driving their Skoda Superb. After reaching their destination, they realised that their car had been damaged.
• Shortly before 5.30pm yesterday, Tuesday 11 June, a motorist, who had been driving from Beccles to Bungay along the B1062, reported that a rock was thrown at their vehicle – a Vauxhall Astra – which caused the windscreen to smash.
• At around 7.15pm yesterday, a patient transport ambulance was driving towards Bungay from Halesworth when a large rock or stone was thrown at the ambulance from an oncoming vehicle. The incident caused no damage but made contact with the ambulance. No patients were travelling inside of the ambulance at the time of the incident.
• At some point, a motorist was driving through Beccles to Lowestoft and after stopping briefly in the early hours at Haddiscoe garage and setting off again, a brick was thrown at the windscreen of their vehicle – a Ford Mondeo, causing the windscreen to smash. The bonnet was also dented as a result.
• At around 4.30pm on Friday 7 June, a motorist was driving along the A146/A143 from Lowestoft to Diss when they heard a loud bang after something hit the bonnet of their vehicle – an Audi S3. The vehicle sustained paintwork damage to the bonnet.

Officers from both Norfolk and Suffolk police have been carrying out a number of overnight patrols and are exploring the possibility that these incidents are linked.

Anyone who has been a victim, or has any information about these incidents or who may have dash-cam footage is asked to contact PS Mark Sargeant at Suffolk police or PC Andy Barkway at Norfolk police on 101 quoting crime reference number 37/32365/19.

Alternatively, contact the independent charity Crimestoppers 100% anonymously on 0800 555 111 or via their anonymous online form at crimestoppers-uk.org.

Previous release | 11 June 2019

Police are continuing to appeal for information following a series of incidents of criminal damage to cars being driven on roads between the Suffolk and Norfolk border.

More than 40 cars have been damaged since police received the first report on Friday 24 May, along roads in various villages and towns along the A146, A143 and the B1062.

Details of six further incidents are as follows:

• On Sunday 2 June, at around 11pm, a car – Ford Fiesta – was travelling on the A146 towards Lowestoft when an unknown object was thrown from another car, which was travelling in the opposite direction. The object caused damage to the front end of the vehicle. (37/32705/19).
• At approximately 10.15pm on Thursday 6 June, a car – Audi S3 – was being driven along the A143 near Ellingham towards Bungay when the car was hit by what is believed to have been a rock, which had been thrown from another oncoming vehicle. The rock caused damage to a wing mirror, wind deflector, dented the body and damaged the paintwork. (Norfolk: 36/38379/19).
• On Friday 7 June at about 5pm, a motorist was driving a Vauxhall Astra along the B1062 at Mettingham when a rock-type object was thrown at the vehicle from an oncoming vehicle, causing significant damage to the off-side wing. (37/33033/19).
• On Saturday 8 June, at some point overnight, a motorist was travelling along the A146, northbound at Hales, near to the petrol station and an object described as being a rock, stone or brick was thrown at the front of the vehicle – a Peugeot 3008 – from the side of the road. The object dented the bonnet, scratched the front and damaged a parking sensor. (Norfolk: 36/38984/19).
• At approximately 5.40pm on Friday 7 June, a motorist was driving along the A143 at Beccles and as they drove down a hill, two cars passed them on the other side of the road and a large object was thrown from one of the cars at the victim’s vehicle – a BMW 320. The object bounced off the bonnet and hit the windscreen which shattered on the passenger side, covering the victim’s passenger with broken glass.  (37/32785/19).
• At 10.45pm on Saturday 8 June, a motorist was driving along the A143 between Earsham and Wortwell, when they heard a loud bang as they drove their car – a Vauxhall Insignia – past a vehicle, which was travelling in the opposite direction. An object – a piece of rubble – was found the following morning wedged behind a damaged number plate. (Norfolk: (36/38987/19).

Officers from both Norfolk and Suffolk Constabularies have been carrying out a number of overnight patrols and are exploring the possibility that these incidents are linked.

Inspector Liz Casey for Lowestoft Police said: “These incidents had the potential to cause road traffic collisions and in turn serious injury or damage. All of the incidents have occurred during the evening or overnight when visibility will be reduced for motorists so it is fortunate that no one has so far been hurt and the damage although, will be costly to victims, has not cost them their lives. Such behaviour is extremely irresponsible, throwing any item into traffic puts lives at risk, and anyone found to be doing so will be firmly dealt with.

“Anyone that is caught throwing objects at vehicles could also personally face a criminal conviction for not only criminal damage but could also result in other offences including, among others, causing danger to other road users.”
 
Police are also urging motorists to report any incidents as soon as possible with the location of travel and with as much detail as possible to assist with enquiries.

Anyone who has been a victim, or has any information about these incidents or who may have dash-cam footage is asked to contact PC Andrew Roberts at Suffolk police or PC Andy Barkway at Norfolk police on 101 quoting the relevant crime reference numbers.

Alternatively, contact the independent charity Crimestoppers 100% anonymously on 0800 555 111 or via their anonymous online form at crimestoppers-uk.org.

Previous release | 5 June 2019

Police are appealing for information following a series of incidents of criminal damage to cars driving in the Beccles and Bungay area. Reports have suggested that, what is believed to be, stones are being thrown at cars from a passing vehicle in the cover of darkness.

Details of the incidents are as follows:

•    At around 11:30pm on Friday 24 May, a car travelling on the A146 near North Cove sustained a smashed wing mirror.

•    At approximately 11:50pm on Saturday 1 June, a car travelling on the A143 near Ditchingham was damaged.

•    At approximately 10:30pm on Sunday 2 June, a car travelling on the A146 at the Barnby Bends sustained damage to its bumper.

•    At approximately 10:40pm on Sunday 2 June, a car travelling on the A146 between Beccles and Lowestoft sustained damage to its bonnet.

•    At around 00:30am on Monday 3 June, a car travelling on A143 near Ellingham sustained damage to the grill.

Police are investigating whether these incidents are linked and would like to remind members of the public that throwing objects at cars is a criminal offence, capable of causing damage and injury. Officers are conducting a full investigation to apprehend those responsible.

Police are also urging drivers to report such incidents as soon as possible with the location of travel and with as much detail as possible to assist with enquiries.

Anyone who has been a victim, or has any information about these incidents or who may have dash-cam footage is asked to contact Suffolk Police on 101 quoting CAD 11 of 3 June.