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‘Please, leave us alone’: Cancer sufferer’s anger at vandals after car targeted twice

PUBLISHED: 12:23 04 October 2018 | UPDATED: 15:01 04 October 2018

Roger Ward who has throat cancer has had his car windscreen smashed twice in recent months.
Picture: Nick Butcher

Roger Ward who has throat cancer has had his car windscreen smashed twice in recent months. Picture: Nick Butcher

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A cancer sufferer who relies on his car to make it to vital hospital appointments has slammed vandals for targeting his car twice in recent months.

Roger Ward who has throat cancer has had his car windscreen smashed twice in recent months.  Some of the glass from the smashed windscreen.
Picture: Nick ButcherRoger Ward who has throat cancer has had his car windscreen smashed twice in recent months. Some of the glass from the smashed windscreen. Picture: Nick Butcher

Roger Ward, of Gunton St Peter’s Avenue in Lowestoft, has been undergoing seven weeks of chemotherapy and radiotherapy for throat cancer and regularly travels to the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital for treatment.

Yet vandals targeted his car for a second time over the weekend, and Mr Ward has called for those behind the incidents to stop.

The 48-year-old said: “They bricked my windscreen for the second time on Saturday.

“Please, leave us alone. How would you feel if someone did this to you or your parents’ car?

“Luckily, the glass did not shatter and there was no other damage to the car, but they also hit my daughter’s car and the brick hit the boot just under the window which left a dent and shattered the screen.”

After battling cancer for the last six months, Mr Ward has been receiving experimental immunotherapy drug durvalumab.

He said: “Pretty much the same thing happened on July 29. My friend found it the next morning when he was walking my dog for me.

“Both attacks have happened on the weekend before my treatment. I do not know if they are targeting me deliberately, but I have hardly been out for the last five months to upset anyone.

“My wife has an old banger she uses for work. We do not usually take it out of Lowestoft but we have had to chance it because of this.”

The latest attack happened around 10.15pm on Saturday, September 29 – just a day after seven cars were damaged in Durban Road by vandals.

On the Durban Road incidents, a Suffolk Police spokesman said: “We got calls at 10.55pm on Friday reporting a car window being smashed.

“We had started to get reports from at least a couple of residents about cars being damaged. Everything from wing mirrors to panels, and windows being smashed.

“Officers have gone out to the streets and it looks like at present there are at least seven individual vehicles damaged.

“Two suspects were seen running away towards Asda.”

Information to Suffolk Police on 101.

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