Burglars target huts

Vandals have targetted the beach chalets on Fleetwood promenade near to the Sports Centre, with several having their shutters levered off, windows smashed and contents stolen.'Chalet Caretaker Peter Harrison works on replacing a broken window.  PIC BY ROB LOCK'15-10-2013
Vandals have targetted the beach chalets on Fleetwood promenade near to the Sports Centre, with several having their shutters levered off, windows smashed and contents stolen.'Chalet Caretaker Peter Harrison works on replacing a broken window. PIC BY ROB LOCK'15-10-2013

Calls have been made to protect Fleetwood’s traditional seafront chalets after burglars went on a spree and broke into five of the wooden huts.

The raiders caused damage to the chalets and stole a number of small items in a raid between Saturday night and Sunday morning.

Police have appealed to anyone with information to make contact with them – and revealed officers are investigating forensic evidence which has been left behind by those responsible.

Angry Fleetwood residents took to social network Facebook to vent their anger over the break-ins and some think more should be done to safeguard them.

They said the chalets were part of Fleetwood’s heritage and suggestions included installing CCTV cameras and stepping up police patrols.

Sharon Bailey commented: “These idiots need to be caught before they strike again – these chalets are a huge part of Fleetwood’s past and people work hard to maintain them.”

And George Gordon blasted: “Not enough police presence in Fleetwood.”

Inspector Steve Bell, of Fleetwood Police, told the Weekly News: “At some stage between Saturday night and Sunday morning, five of the chalets have been broken into and various items stolen. The chalets have been damaged and some small items have been stolen.

“I would appeal to anyone who knows something about this to come forward. We have obtained forensic evidence from the scene. Although we cannot say what it is, we are confident it can help us catch the perpetrator.”

Insp Bell said the seafront site was already covered regularly by police patrols.

The raiders forced shutters open and then smashed windows to gain access.

Items stolen included a white iPod docking station, a toaster, toast maker and first aid kit.

The total sum of the damage caused has not yet been confirmed.

The 29 chalets, in rows of two and three, used to be owned by Wyre Council but were sold off to private owners 10 years ago. Most owners lease them out for other families to enjoy in summer, bringing visitors to the town.

One of the owners affected by the break-in was Keith
Urwin, of Fleetwood.

He said: “With broken windows and shutters it will cost between £80 and £100 to fix.

“I personally wouldn’t like to see CCTV down there because it is a private area, but lighting at night is an issue.”

Anyone with information should call police on 101.