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Vandals must repay thousands

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Two vandals who led a trail of destruction causing thousands of pounds of damage, have been handed eight week suspended sentences.

Jonathan Glenister, of Ruffles Road, Haverhill, and Ty Chaplin, of Hanmer Walk, Bury St Edmunds, both 20, broke car windscreens and wing mirrors, removed car grill badges and smashed residential and pub windows in a ‘night of complete madness’ in Bury st Edmunds on March 3 last year.

Among the properties vandalised were the Dog and Partridge Pub and the Old Cannon Brewery.

When the pair appeared separately at Bury St Edmunds Magistrates’ Court on Friday, both were told they must repay thousands in damage caused during the spree.

Prosecuting, Sandra Dyer described the men’s behaviour as ‘a night of wanton vandalism’.

“It affected a number of car owners whose vehicles were damaged - either their badges were taken off, wind screens smashed or wing mirrors broken,” she said.

Mrs Dyer said police were called to Barwell Road in Bury St Edmunds at around 11.20pm by a resident who had been alerted to loud noises on the street.

She said a blue Subaru had been seen with its rear window smashed.

“A few minutes later, another report came in saying there were more damaged vehicles in Vinefields,” she said.

Declan Gallagher, representing Glenister, said Chaplin was the ring leader.

Sentencing Glenister, Presiding Magistrate, Chris Peters, said: “This was a night of complete madness.”

Both men were sentenced to eight weeks in a young offenders institution, suspended for one year.

Chaplin also received 200 hours of unpaid work and was told to pay back £2666.66 in compensation to those affected. Glenister was given 150 hours of unpaid work and made to pay £2336.

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