Angry Weymouth chalet users calling for vandals to be brought to justice after seafront attacks

Dorset Echo: CLEANING UP: Derek Walker sweeps up the broken glass at the Greenhill chalets CLEANING UP: Derek Walker sweeps up the broken glass at the Greenhill chalets

ANGRY chalet users in Weymouth are calling for vandals to be brought to justice after a spate of attacks on the seafront properties.

A trail of ‘mindless’ destruction at the weekend, left 15 beach chalets, a café, an apartment and a car with smashed windows in the resort.

The destruction occurred during the early hours of Sunday morning and encompassed chalets and a café in the Greenhill area, plus an apartment and car in Melcombe Avenue.

Sue Bray, chairman of the Weymouth chalet users community group, said: “It’s absolutely appalling.

“Three weeks ago the lead was taken off the chalets in the paddling pool area at Greenhill and now the windows of chalets along the seafront and top tier of the gardens have been smashed.

“It absolutely drives you mad.”

Mrs Bray was upset to come across the damage as she walked along the seafront yesterday morning.

She added: “I just can’t understand why they do it.

“It doesn’t look as though anything was taken, it’s just wanton violence.

“The borough council had just got the chalets spruced up for the Olympics and the next thing you know this has happened.”

Mrs Bray said the community group managed to stop troublemakers running across the tops of the chalet roofs by using anti-vandalism paint that leaves stains on clothing. She urged any witnesses to come forward and help the police catch the vandals and added: “This has got to stop.”

Greenhill gardener Derek Walker described the damage as ‘senseless’.

He said: “It takes such a little bit of time to do all this mindless damage but it causes such a lot of problems really. It costs a lot to put right and there’s the mess all over the place.”

Mr Walker said the gates to the disused balcony area above some beach chalets also had its lock smashed.

Seascape Café owner Raymond Brown said four of his windows were broken.

He said: “It’s the soulless world we live in now, with yobbos around.

“We found out early Sunday morning that somebody has smashed four windows at the front. All the chalets have got windows missing, there’s one where somebody tried to kick it in.

“We got away with a trouble-free summer.

“It’s a shame, but these things happen.”

Stephen Reeves, head of building and facilities for the borough council, said: “Our contractor has been to assess the damage today and is in the process of making the chalets safe and secure. We have lodged an insurance claim.”

Police In Witness Appeal

A Dorset Police spokesman said: “During the early hours of Sunday October 21, there were several incidents where criminal damage was caused in the Greenhill area of Weymouth.

“Fifteen beach chalets had windows damaged near Greenhill Gardens and tennis courts, windows were smashed at the front of one of the cafes, a window of an apartment was broken and a car window was damaged, while parked in Melcombe Avenue.”

The vandalism was reported to police by members of the public on Sunday morning.

Anyone who saw or heard anything suspicious is asked to ring Dorset Police on 101, quoting crime number 44273.

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11:47am Tue 23 Oct 12

gattens11 says...

Do you have to many hole in the wall bars ,which promote this behaviour at this time in the morning.
Do you have to many hole in the wall bars ,which promote this behaviour at this time in the morning. gattens11

11:51am Tue 23 Oct 12

annotator1 says...

Bits of string, in a vertical direction, comes to mind.
When they have been caught of course!
Bits of string, in a vertical direction, comes to mind. When they have been caught of course! annotator1

12:34pm Tue 23 Oct 12

stench says...

gattens11 wrote:
Do you have to many hole in the wall bars ,which promote this behaviour at this time in the morning.
promote yobbish behaviour, really...?

Fool!
[quote][p][bold]gattens11[/bold] wrote: Do you have to many hole in the wall bars ,which promote this behaviour at this time in the morning.[/p][/quote]promote yobbish behaviour, really...? Fool! stench

12:59pm Tue 23 Oct 12

MRCHAOS says...

Probably the same people who drove down my road in the early hours throwing fireworks everywhere!
Probably the same people who drove down my road in the early hours throwing fireworks everywhere! MRCHAOS

5:20pm Tue 23 Oct 12

ex sapper says...

Could this not be a job for the new Police Commisioner,one of his functions is to direct the police where the public want them.
Could this not be a job for the new Police Commisioner,one of his functions is to direct the police where the public want them. ex sapper

7:21pm Tue 23 Oct 12

rupert31 says...

I dunno what the fuss is about. I used to do this sort of stuff when I was a kid; it was a right laugh.
I dunno what the fuss is about. I used to do this sort of stuff when I was a kid; it was a right laugh. rupert31

5:43am Wed 24 Oct 12

Be_Happy says...

Dear Troll, please go back to your cave.
Dear Troll, please go back to your cave. Be_Happy

9:15am Wed 24 Oct 12

carlospicywiener says...

rupert31....keyboard warrior!
rupert31....keyboard warrior! carlospicywiener

9:28am Wed 24 Oct 12

stench says...

'Rupert 31 on a mission to cause CHAOS!'

What a gump :)
'Rupert 31 on a mission to cause CHAOS!' What a gump :) stench

12:28pm Wed 24 Oct 12

GMax says...

rupert31 wrote:
I dunno what the fuss is about. I used to do this sort of stuff when I was a kid; it was a right laugh.
Perhaps you could now start re-paying all the damage you cause then.
Lets see if it's still a right laugh when you pay for it.
.
GMax
[quote][p][bold]rupert31[/bold] wrote: I dunno what the fuss is about. I used to do this sort of stuff when I was a kid; it was a right laugh.[/p][/quote]Perhaps you could now start re-paying all the damage you cause then. Lets see if it's still a right laugh when you pay for it. . GMax GMax

4:29pm Wed 24 Oct 12

DickDastardly says...

"Fury as Weymouth chalet users call for vandals to be brought to justice after seafront attacks."
"Fury as Weymouth chalet users call for vandals to be brought to justice after seafront attacks." DickDastardly

7:17pm Fri 26 Oct 12

portland rebel says...

rupert31 wrote:
I dunno what the fuss is about. I used to do this sort of stuff when I was a kid; it was a right laugh.
well with a bit of luck something of yours will get damaged, see if you laugh then plank...
[quote][p][bold]rupert31[/bold] wrote: I dunno what the fuss is about. I used to do this sort of stuff when I was a kid; it was a right laugh.[/p][/quote]well with a bit of luck something of yours will get damaged, see if you laugh then plank... portland rebel

11:07pm Fri 26 Oct 12

EtaoinShrdlu says...

It would be too simple for the scuffers to take a look around this area at night, there's been stuff like this going on for years, but they don't get so many points for it as they do for traffic. Anyway, take a look at those chalets, aren't they the most pathetic sight during the odd sunny day packed with wannabees.
It would be too simple for the scuffers to take a look around this area at night, there's been stuff like this going on for years, but they don't get so many points for it as they do for traffic. Anyway, take a look at those chalets, aren't they the most pathetic sight during the odd sunny day packed with wannabees. EtaoinShrdlu

8:18pm Mon 29 Oct 12

tarka says...

rupert31 wrote:
I dunno what the fuss is about. I used to do this sort of stuff when I was a kid; it was a right laugh.
Perhaps you could put your point of view face to face to a large group of the beach hut users. Perhaps some might remember you.

You might end up on wrong side of some personel vandlism but it would be a 'RIGHT LAUGH'
[quote][p][bold]rupert31[/bold] wrote: I dunno what the fuss is about. I used to do this sort of stuff when I was a kid; it was a right laugh.[/p][/quote]Perhaps you could put your point of view face to face to a large group of the beach hut users. Perhaps some might remember you. You might end up on wrong side of some personel vandlism but it would be a 'RIGHT LAUGH' tarka

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