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Residents' horror as multiple cars damaged on one road in one evening in Diss

Residents have spoken of their horror after vandals went on a rampage and damaged multiple cars parked on a quiet residential road in Diss.

The incident happened at around 10.30pm on Saturday evening.

Residents living on Pursehouse Way first heard what sounded like a car accident before spotting wing mirrors and car windscreens being smashed along the road.

Norfolk Police said two men have been arrested on suspicion of criminal damage following 11 reports of damage to vehicles.

South Norfolk Police .Picture: Mark Bullimore Photography
South Norfolk Police .Picture: Mark Bullimore Photography

One resident, who preferred not to be named, said: "The police were brilliant and were here so fast," said

"I first heard what I thought was a car accident but when I looked out of the window I could see two men smashing wing mirrors, including mine, before disappearing along the road where they continue to damage more the cars, including breaking the windscreens.

"They were possibly drunk as they were shouting at each other and seemed to be taking their frustrations out on the cars, perhaps instead of each other.

Pursehouse Way, Diss. Image: Google
Pursehouse Way, Diss. Image: Google

"It was scary. I saw about five damaged cars but they went further up the road and carried on.

"I think the police caught them after about 30 minutes, after a chase which some of my neighbours joined in, too.

"Afterwards, there were about 15 of us out in the road helping to clear up the broken glass.

"I think we were all in shock."

A 22-year-old man and a 29-year-old man have arrested on suspicion of criminal damage.

Both have been released under investigation whilst enquiries continue.

Diss Inspector Laura Symonds, said: “This series is isolated and we are currently investigating two suspects.

"No one else is thought to be involved. Crimes like this rarely happens in Diss, however there will be an increased police presence in the area to reassure residents that they are safe and should not experience such damage.”

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