February 19, 2009
Vandals attack five shops in centre of Burnham-On-Sea
are appealing for witnesses after five shops in the centre of
Burnham-On-Sea had windows smashed in the early hours of Thursday
shop, The Esplanade Fish Bar, had three windows smashed and a
back door kicked in, as pictured here, as the vandals went on
a wrecking spree.
shops targeted included Insane Games in Cross Street and the soon-to-open
Link Internet Cafe, plus other businesses in Burnham High Street,
where windows were again smashed.
spokesman Martin Dunscombe told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "I can
confirm that a number of incidents occurred overnight and our
enquiries are continuing."
would urge anyone who witnessed the attacks, or has information
that would help police, to get in contact via Burnham police on
Linton, the owner of The Esplanade Fish Bar, told Burnham-On-Sea.com:
"These people are a disgrace to Burnham and I fully sympathise
with all the businesses that have been affected."
had a phone call from a member of staff alerting me to the damage
on Thursday morning and I could hardly believe that three windows
and a door had been damaged."
latest crime spree comes just weeks after Burnham-On-Sea.com was
first to report
that the town's Chamber of Trade had urged police to step up patrols
in the town centre to combat vandalism against businesses.
Police confirmed on Friday afternoon that a 17-year-old man
had been arrested on suspicion of criminal damage. He has been
released on police bail, pending further enquiries. Police also
said on Friday that patrols in the area have been stepped up.
team inspector Sam Williams said: "In response to the incidents
we have stepped up patrols in the area, highlighting this as the
priority area for night time patrols. We are also working closely
with Sedgemoor CCTV to identify, monitor and highlight any potential
offenders in the area."