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Disabled man's car vandalised at home in Great Cornard for fourth time in two years




A disabled man has been left dumbfounded after his car was targeted by vandals – for the fourth time in two years.

Kevin O’Connell discovered the driver's door and passenger door on his red Mercedes Coupe had been vandalised with gouges and scratches, while parked in a disabled bay outside his home in Hawthorn Road, Great Cornard.

The wheelchair user expressed his disappointment at being singled out for a fourth time, after his car was targeted in three similar offences.

Kevin O'Connell's car has been vandalised four times in two years. His red Mercedes has been left with gauges and scratches. PICTURE: Mecha Morton. (24685434)
Kevin O'Connell's car has been vandalised four times in two years. His red Mercedes has been left with gauges and scratches. PICTURE: Mecha Morton. (24685434)

“It’s quite unbelievable,” said the 56-year-old. “It’s beggars belief.”

Having reviewed footage on his CCTV camera, which was installed following the previous incident, Mr O’Connell spotted the group of vandals damaging his car on the evening of November 27.

With no other explanation, the father-of-two suspects he has been the target of discrimination.

“I’m genuinely at a loss as to who it is, and what their problem is,” he said. “I’m not aware that I’ve upset anyone.”

Mr O’Connell would like the culprits responsible to show some remorse for their actions.

“How would they feel if it happened to one of their family members?” he said.

The latest damage is expected to cost £2,000 to repair, with Mr O’Connell forced to shell out the cost.

“It’s a lot of money to me and it’s just heartbreaking,” he said.

Mr O’Connell is desperate for the culprits responsible to be brought to justice, but says he has little optimism.

“I would be surprised if anything happens,” he said.

A spokesman from Suffolk Police said: “CCTV has been received by the police, and inquiries will be made, however, the perpetrators have their backs to the camera, so identification opportunities are limited.”

Anyone with information, which could help police with their inquiries, is asked to call Suffolk Police on 101, quoting crime reference 37/72893/19.


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