March 21, 2011
guesthouse owner counts the cost of crime
guesthouse owner in Burnham-On-Sea is counting the cost of crime
this week after suffering a double dose of vandalism and a break-in.
Mean vandals pulled up flowers and plants from the award-winning
garden of Ashbourne House in Berrow Road on Saturday night before
throwing them over pavements.
Owner Colin Jennings, pictured, told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "Its
just senseless. Why someone would want to pull up our plants and
throw them over the street escapes me."
It comes just days after the guesthouse was also struck by burglars,
who made off with a full cash box.
He added: "It has been a difficult week for us. Someone
stole our cash box containing several hundred pounds of cash and
cheques last week. The police have said they hope to get it back,
but we're not too hopeful."
New security measures have been introduced in recent days and
police have also stepped up patrols in the area.
It follows a spate of vandalism in Burnham over the past week,
as reported by Burnham-On-Sea.com here.
Ashbourne House won an award for having the town's top guesthouse
garden during last year's Burnham In Bloom Awards. It also appeared
in Channel Four's TV show 'The Hotel Inspector' five years ago.