Thieves rip parking ticket machine containing £50 from ground in Sudbury car park

GET AWAY: Thieves drive off towing the parking ticket machine behind the 4 x 4 used to rip the machine from the ground. ANL-160121-144238001
GET AWAY: Thieves drive off towing the parking ticket machine behind the 4 x 4 used to rip the machine from the ground. ANL-160121-144238001

Audacious thieves ripped a ticket machine from the ground in a car park in Sudbury yesterday but will have been left with little ‘reward’ for their efforts.

Now Babergh District Council, which owns the car park, is warning that crime doesn’t really pay after it was revealed the machine only contained £50.

A parking ticket machine with �50 inside was stolen by theives in Sudbury ANL-160121-144227001

A parking ticket machine with �50 inside was stolen by theives in Sudbury ANL-160121-144227001

The culprits used a 4x4 to pull the machine from the ground in the Station car park, in the early hours of January 20, and drag it through the streets of the town.

Councillor Frank Lawrenson, Babergh District Council’s portfolio holder for environment, said: “We are incredibly disappointed with this news. A mindless, deliberate, act of vandalism like this will end up costing the taxpayer more money – and all for the sake of £50.

“Babergh’s machines do not have huge amounts of money kept in them overnight – a lot of people pay electronically or have a season ticket, and we empty the machines regularly. It simply isn’t worth it for the thieves to take part in this type of activity.

“As there are two other working machines in the car park there are no immediate plans to replace the stolen machine.”

Damage caused when thieves stole a parking ticket machine in Sudbury ANL-160121-144249001

Damage caused when thieves stole a parking ticket machine in Sudbury ANL-160121-144249001

Anyone who witnessed the incident or has any information is asked to call Babergh Police on 101 quoting crime reference 37/13162/16 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.