Hammer vandals smash 33 windows in Chaucer House, Sutton, tower block

Sutton Guardian: Some of the windows have been temporarily repaired Some of the windows have been temporarily repaired

Hammer-wielding vandals managed to get into a tower block and smashed 33 windows on six floors.

The vandals got into Chaucer House in Sutton town centre on Sunday and went from the eighth floor to the second floor smashing windows in communal areas with a hammer.

It is not clear exactly how the three youths got into the block but it is believed they could have taken advantage of a problem with the entry system on the doors.

It is not the first time the block, off Chaucer Gardens, has fallen victim to vandals. In October last year a 13-year-old arsonist started a fire on the ninth floor.

Sutton Guardian: The 13-year-old caused £5,000 of damage in Chaucer House

Damage from last year's fire

The resulting blaze was so hot it shattered windows and caused £5,000 of damage. The boy was given a referral order.

The most recent vandalism happened between 3pm and 4pm on Sunday. A neighbour living in the block, who asked not to be named for fear of reprisals, said: "We're supposed to have key fobs for the security doors but those don't work.

"Sutton Housing Partnership repairs them but then they just break again.

"I thought it was just the windows on my floor but then I went outside and saw it was all the windows from the second to the eighth floor. They all had hammer holes in them.

Sutton Guardian:

One of the broken windows

"It's not nice, I don't feel safe. I wonder what's coming next."

Sutton Housing Partnership (SHP) said it plans to replace the front doors and install extra security measures at part of a £2million refurbishment of the tower.

A spokesman added: "Following the incident of vandalism at Chaucer House on Sunday we have been working with the police to identify the perpetrators.

"CCTV footage of the incident has been reviewed and we have clear images which we hope will support the police to catch and prosecute the vandals.

"Windows in the communal areas at Chaucer House have been made safe and works to repair the broken glass to 33 windows will be carried out as soon as possible."

 

 

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12:46pm Wed 16 Jul 14

mr-bjp says...

Are all the residents deaf?
Are all the residents deaf? mr-bjp
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2:11pm Mon 21 Jul 14

Krissi says...

strange after all these years the entryphone still doesn't work it was the same 26 years ago when I lived there- and in answer to mr BJP I personally wouldn't challenge someone armed with a hammer - thanks to a past abusive relationship I know what kind of damage they can cause used as a weapon- and not everyone wants to get involved in case it brings trouble to them
strange after all these years the entryphone still doesn't work it was the same 26 years ago when I lived there- and in answer to mr BJP I personally wouldn't challenge someone armed with a hammer - thanks to a past abusive relationship I know what kind of damage they can cause used as a weapon- and not everyone wants to get involved in case it brings trouble to them Krissi
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