Last weekend a group of four broke into the infamous hove beach huts by Hove Lawns. The huts are the responsibility of those who own/rent them and are subject to their own private insurance so the break-ins are a huge pain for anyone who has one of the coveted beach front spots. On 7 April police received a report that 26 beach huts on the seafront had been entered and damaged overnight. There was no report of anything being stolen, so one has to question the motive of the four people who broke in to the huts.
Conservative Councillor, Garry Peltzer Dunn, was one of the people affected by the vandalism. He said in a Facebook post “I’ve ad the beach hut for about 15 years and honestly, this was just mindless vandalism. My hut has it’s lock broken and they also damaged a plastic container inside. To me, it is clearly deliberate because you would need to use an angle grinder to wrench the locks apart. It’s very upsetting for me, and the other owners because the huts are a little haven and they’ve been violated. This is the second time it has happened. It’s very unsettling”.
The group of four left doors hanging off hinges, gaping holes in doors and plenty of criminal damage. It is believed the group were on bikes in the Hove Promenade area between 2.30am and 5.30am on the morning of the incident. They were last seen leaving the area heading east on the Kingsway A259 junction on Walshingham Road, Hove. The four are believed to also be linked to a similar report of 33 beach huts at the same location being entered and damaged. Enquiries are ongoing into the “mindless vandalism” and police are working closely with the council’s seafront team to get to the bottom of who and why.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the police online or by calling 101 quoting reference 246 of 07/04.