Beccles baseball bat attack prompts calls for increased police presence | Crime

PUBLISHED: 18:51 16 January 2018 | UPDATED: 19:26 16 January 2018

Banham Road, Beccles.
Picture: Nick Butcher

Banham Road, Beccles. Picture: Nick Butcher

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A youngster confronted a terrifying ordeal as he was crushed with a baseball bat by two balaclava-clad robbers as he walked dwelling alone.

Banham Road, Beccles.
Picture: Nick ButcherBanham Road, Beccles. Picture: Nick Butcher

The attack, which came about in Banham Road, Beccles, has prompted residents and councillors to name for an increased police presence at night time.

The 17-year-old sufferer was strolling dwelling at about 10.30pm on Thursday, January 11, when a black Peugeot 206 pulled in entrance of him with three individuals inside.

Two males sporting balaclavas jumped out of the automobile, one carrying a baseball bat, and struck the sufferer on the decrease left leg.

He was once more hit by the bat, this time a blow to the pinnacle, which left a small minimize and swelling.

Banham Road, Beccles.
Picture: Nick ButcherBanham Road, Beccles. Picture: Nick Butcher

A bag containing a fluorescent jacket, a cell phone and a 50 gram pouch of amber leaf tobacco have been stolen.

Suffolk county councillor Elfrede Brambly-Crawshaw, who represents the Beccles division and lives within the city, believes the attack indicators the necessity for an increased police presence.

She stated: “I’m shocked one thing like that might occur in Beccles and my sympathy goes to the younger man and his household.

“It is important Beccles increases its out-of-hours police presence to ensure this sort of thing doesn’t happen again.”

Banham Road resident Fiona Carter stated she was shocked by the incident, however stated there had been incidents within the space up to now, some regarding medication.

Oliver and Emma Jeckells, who’ve lived on the road for 10 years, stated they’ve observed a rise in crime.

Mrs Jeckells stated: “It makes you feel vulnerable – unfortunately there are lots of incidents and over time you tend to ignore the noise.”

Mr Jeckells stated: “It’s uncommon to see a police officer until it’s in response to an incident.

“We are covered by Lowestoft police now and it takes so long for them to get here – its really concerning.”

The males who carried out the attack are described as being over 6ft tall and stocky.

Anyone with info or who noticed any suspicious exercise ought to contact Lowestoft CID on 101 quoting crime reference 37/2210/18 or name Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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