Beach huts targeted by burglars

VANDALS have attacked more than 10 beach huts and chalets in their search for valuables.At least a dozen holiday places along Felixstowe seafront were broken into or damaged on Sunday.

VANDALS have attacked more than 10 beach huts and chalets in their search for valuables.

At least a dozen holiday places along Felixstowe seafront were broken into or damaged on Sunday.

The attacks happened at properties either privately-owned or rented from Suffolk Coastal District Council along Bath Hill and Cliff Road from close to the golf club up to the Spa Pavilion.

Huts owned by the public will have to be repaired by the private owners while the district council will be responsible for the repairs to their properties.


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It is not clear yet how much the damage will cost to repair or what was stolen during the attacks.

Anne-Marie Breach, a spokeswoman for Suffolk police, said: ''It's thought much of the damage was caused on January 8. Wooden door panels were ripped from, or kicked in at, several huts while searches were made of others and damage caused inside.

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''Anyone with information about any of the incidents is asked to call Pc 1225 Jackaman at Felixstowe on 01473 613500.''

A spokesman for Suffolk Coastal District Council said some of the break-ins had occurred at council-owned chalets.

He said: ''We do advise beach hut owners through their regular newsletters that we send out of the wisdom of not storing valuables in their beach huts because of the potential danger of people breaking in.

''We do work closely with the police to encourage crime prevention and to also keep an eye out for any potential vandalism. If people do spot anything unusual please can they telephone the local police. This was a sad, pointless attack on people's property.''

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