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£500 reward after gun attacks

PUBLISHED: 16:30 04 July 2009 | UPDATED: 14:20 03 July 2010

THE company behind a controversial housing estate at Caister is offering a reward for information about suspected airgun attacks on its new houses.

Windows of properties on the Bloor Homes site in West Road have been shot at in attacks throughout May and June with what police believe was an airgun.

THE company behind a controversial housing estate at Caister is offering a reward for information about suspected airgun attacks on its new houses.

Windows of properties on the Bloor Homes site in West Road have been shot at in attacks throughout May and June with what police believe was an airgun.

The Mercury understands the damage has run to thousands of pounds, and now Bloor is offering a £500 reward for information leading to a conviction.

Patrick Hacon, borough councillor for south Caister, said any form of criminal damage in the village was unacceptable.

He added: “If people do know who is responsible then they should come forward. We will not tolerate this kind of behaviour, and it needs to be stamped out in Caister.”

The 150-home development sparked years of debate after it was given outline planning consent in 1999. Neighbours were worried about flooding and drainage issues, and the application for full planning permission went to ministerial level. It was handed back to the borough council's development control committee, which gave it the go-ahead in 2007 because reversing the decision would have cost thousands of pounds in compensation.

The site hit the headlines again last year when the developer dug a borrow pit on the site without consent. The matter was referred to Norfolk County Council's planning regulatory committee, and plans were later approved.

> Information about the attacks to Caister safer neighbourhood team on 0845 456 4567.

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