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Senseless vandals will not defeat us, say defiant victims of ‘devastating’ town hall attack

Eye Town Hall was broken into and several paintings were vandalised over the Easter weekend.
Cllr Caroline Byles. 
Picture: SONYA DUNCAN

Eye Town Hall was broken into and several paintings were vandalised over the Easter weekend. Cllr Caroline Byles. Picture: SONYA DUNCAN

ARCHANT EASTERN DAILY PRESS (01603) 772434

Defiant residents have vowed not to let senseless vandalism of their newly-refurbished town hall stop them unveiling £200,000 worth of improvements to the public.

Four precious 19th century portraits were vandalised on Easter Sundayt. Picture: STEPHEN SMITHFour precious 19th century portraits were vandalised on Easter Sundayt. Picture: STEPHEN SMITH

Councillors were shocked to walk into Eye Town Hall on Easter Monday to discover the newly-refurbished main hall was sprayed with fire extinguishers and ransacked.

Most upsetting of all, raiders who had smashed through the clock tower window to get in slashed a series paintings in the council chamber of historic figures from Eye’s past.

Richard Berry, a town hall committee member, said it was upsetting to happen so near to the celebration – particularly as the paintings had only been able to return to the chambers because of the refurbishment work. “They add a great atmosphere to this grade II listed building,” he added.

However councillor Caroline Byles said Eye’s resilient community would not be cowed by criminals.

Four precious portraits were vandalised on Easter Sunday. Picture: STEPHEN SMITHFour precious portraits were vandalised on Easter Sunday. Picture: STEPHEN SMITH

“This is a terrible thing for someone to do and I hope they are truly ashamed,” she added.

“We’re hoping the community will be out in force to show this vandal that we are not going to be overcome by one senseless act.”

It is hoped CCTV from a nearby pub and antiques shop will reveal more, as the raiders walked out of the front door of the town hall after their crime.

Eye Town Council is now looking into whether the paintings can be restored.

Four precious portraits were vandalised on Easter Sunday. Picture: STEPHEN SMITHFour precious portraits were vandalised on Easter Sunday. Picture: STEPHEN SMITH

A spokesman for Suffolk Constabulary said police are investigating.

Anyone with information should call police on 101.

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