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Trashed: the cherished beach hut of Forces' vet, 83

By Cornish Guardian  |  Posted: July 21, 2013

  • HUT DAMAGE: Vandals strike at Mr Thomas's beach hut at Par.

  • Vandals strike at Par Beach hut

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AN 83-YEAR-OLD has hit out at vandals who trashed a beach hut leaving behind a trail of destruction and a three-figure repair bill.

Bryan Thomas has spoken to the Cornish Guardian after the building was broken into and damaged last week.

Although he lives in Taunton, the hut has been used for decades as a holiday retreat by his family for three generations.

When not using it, Mr Thomas had granted the Friends of Par Beach permission to use the building if ever they needed to shelter from bad weather.

However, he could not believe his eyes when Mike Freemantle, from the group, sent him photographs of the damage.

"It had been completely and utterly vandalised," he said.

The heavy padlock and been forced off and the stable door completely ripped off its hinges. Somebody has come armed with forethought and malice."

"They seem to have nothing better to do than just go and trash a beach hut. The building was the most valuable thing."

What was inside had little or no value.

Mr Thomas estimates it will cost in the region of three figures.

"Until I went into the Forces and even after I returned this is where we went on holiday."

"As an 83-year-old coming down to Cornwall I cherish that hut, as does my family, who travel from other parts of the UK."

Mr Freemantle added: "It's very sad that a small minority of people cannot be trusted to act sensibly."

The damage has been reported to the police who are investigating it.

A Devon and Cornwall spokesperson said it is warning other beach hut owners to be vigilant.

Anyone with information should call 101 quoting the crime reference number GW/13/548.

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  • josdave  |  July 21 2013, 7:07PM

    Sadly there's no shortage of idiots who seem to get something out of destroying things. And as long as the courts go on handing out slaps on the wrist things will only get worse. Only real punishment is any form of deterrent.

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