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Graffiti, smashed window and damage to original features among vandalism incidents reported at Shrubland Hall in Barham

A historic country house which is currently being restored has been targeted by burglars and vandals - with damage to period decorations and original features.

Police are appealing for information following the criminal damage incidents and burglary at Shrubland Hall in Barham.

Officers said the first incident happened between 11.40pm and 11.55pm on Saturday, May 1 at the property off Norwich Road.

Shrubland Hall. Picture: Andrew Hill
Shrubland Hall. Picture: Andrew Hill

Two people ran from within the property when they were disturbed by the occupier, and period decorations and items were also damaged within the hall.

A window was also smashed at some point between Sunday, May 2 and Wednesday, May 5.

Other incidents at the property have previously been reported to police, including damage to original features, graffiti being sprayed around the grounds and people trespassing.

Police have issued a warning to anyone who has been targeting Shrubland Hall.

PC Rob Thorn said: "Properties and sites undergoing renovation can often be dangerous places.

"Shrubland Hall is currently being restored in order to preserve its original features and anyone who is caught vandalising the property will be dealt with appropriately.

"Damage to historic buildings and architecture can either never be restored or is often very expensive to repair.

"We would urge anyone who has witnessed any anti-social behaviour near or within the grounds of the hall to contact us."

Anyone with information should contact Suffolk police on 101, quoting crime reference number 37/22361/21.

Alternatively, contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111, or via their online form.

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