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Appeal after Suffolk art studio vandalised

Several works by the well-known sculptor Stephen Hicklin were smashed during the break-in.

Vandals have caused tens of thousands of pounds worth of damage after breaking into an art studio in Saxmundham in Suffolk.

The incident took place sometime between Friday 10 May and Sunday 19 May at an art gallery on the High Street in the town.

Several works by the well-known sculptor Stephen Hicklin were smashed during the break-in.

He discovered the destruction when he returned to the studio on Sunday. Suffolk Police said the vandals had got in through a back window.

This act of sustained mindless vandalism, causing significant damage to valuable artwork and property is so disgraceful to see in our community. Enquires are continuing and I would urge anybody who has any information that could assist the investigation to call Police.

To reassure local residents and businesses we will continue to carry out pro-active patrols in the area.

– Sergeant Dan Peck, Suffolk Police

Anybody who saw anything suspicious during the time above or who has any other information is asked to provide an online update via the constabulary website: www.suffolk.police.uk/contact-us/existing-report-update or to telephone Suffolk Police on 101 quoting reference 37/28708/19.

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The Essex teacher motivated to work with troubled children after he was threatened by a six-year-old with a knife

David Simmons' experience forced him into taking action.

A teacher from Essex who was threatened by a six-year-old pupil with a knife has turned his horrific experience into a positive.

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