Calls for CCTV after vandalism

Villagers are calling for CCTV cameras to be installed to stop cars being vandalised at their local railway station.

Villagers are calling for CCTV cameras to be installed to stop cars being vandalised at their local railway station.

Cars parked at Haddiscoe station have been set alight, stolen and pushed into dykes. Residents have taken to paying to park elsewhere because the problem is getting worse.

Jay Oram, who lives by the station, said her family had several cars ruined by vandals and most residents had similar problems.

She said: "This has been going on for years. My daughter Rebecca's car was smashed in and wrecked about six weeks ago and my son came down to visit us from Lincoln this weekend and his was set alight."

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Primary-school teacher Mrs Oram was travelling back from Norwich with a friend several weeks ago, only to see her own car being stolen and driven away from the car park. She said her previous car was written off by vandals after being pushed into a dyke.

Villagers who have suffered similar problems have started paying to park further from their home.

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"We really need some sort of security cameras here because this can't just keep happening," said Mrs Oram.

"One of the villagers has decided to start a campaign for CCTV and I'm sure all the locals who've had their cars damaged will support it."

With the Lowestoft Air Festival starting today, Mrs Oram voiced worries that visitors who use the car park will have their vehicles damaged, or else be put off by the burnt-out wreck of her son's car.

Norfolk police spokesman Kristina Fox said one theft from a car was reported in June but no other incidents had been reported at the station in the last four months.

Ellen Rossiter, for station owner One railway, said a report of a burnt-out car at the station was being investigated by British Transport Police.

She added: "Incidents such as this are an extremely rare occurrence. However, One takes issues of safety and security very seriously and we will review whatever preventative steps may be taken to ensure this does not happen again."

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