Sudbury posters for theft reward

HELP NEEDED: From left, Martin Sparks, a volunteer driver at Go START, founder John Philips and Babergh crime reduction officer Verity Line with the posters advertising the Crimestoppers reward.''MSFP-18-06-12 RA-100
HELP NEEDED: From left, Martin Sparks, a volunteer driver at Go START, founder John Philips and Babergh crime reduction officer Verity Line with the posters advertising the Crimestoppers reward.''MSFP-18-06-12 RA-100
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A COMMUNITY transport service devastated by repeated attacks from thieves has launched a poster campaign to highlight its plight and encourage people to come forward.

Go START, which provides transport for hundreds of pensioners and disabled people around Sudbury, has been hit by thieves six times in the last 12 months.

Last month’s attack on the depot on Chilton Industrial Estate caused £3,000 of damage to a new Mercedes bus and has prompted the charity Crimestoppers to offer a £1,000 reward for information.

Babergh crime reduction officer Verity Line said: “The posters are about encouraging people to come forward.

“Sometimes people are wary about getting involved with the police, but Crimestoppers is anonymous and it can reward anonymously too if people do have any information.”

Martin Sparks, a volunteer driver for Go START, emphasised the impact the repeated thefts were having on the community.

“It affects the people that don’t have a voice,” he said. “They won’t get out and about unless we can do something. It is terrible – these people rely on this service.”

The posters will be on display around Sudbury to encourage people to come forward with information relating to any of the thefts.

Go START founder John Philips added that more security measures had been added to the depot and vehicles were now being kept at Sudbury Police Station, while Miss Line added that police were working closely with scrap metal dealers who may come into contact with stolen catalytic converters.

q Anyone with information can call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.