arrests after trail of vandalism in Burnham-On-Sea's Marine Cove
have made two arrests after thousands of pounds of vandalism in
Burnham-On-Sea's Marine Cove in the early hours of Monday morning
told Burnham-On-Sea.com today (Tuesday) that two men, aged 20
and 19, had been arrested and bailed to return to police on November
arrests came after Sedgemoor District Council, which oversees
the seafront gardens, said it was "deeply saddened"
about the trail of damage, pictured here.
footage shows two people carrying out the damage at around 1am
on Monday, and the council says it is confident that the damage
was not caused by overnight storms.
light columns were toppled, complete with stone foundation slabs,
a Windsor Heritage lantern was shattered on its standing light
column, and two tiers of stone paving were torn from the steps
leading to the lion's fountain.
damage included two timber benches being ripped from their ground
fixings and thrown into the pool, and the centrepiece cherub in
the pool also being toppled. The sundial was also pushed over
and the dial removed from its plinth.
Cook, Parks and Open Spaces Policy Officer for Sedgemoor, told
Burnham-On-Sea.com: "The affected area has been cordoned
off by Sedgemoor staff."
to ascertain the cost of the damage will need to be completed
before a clear-up can take place."
loose and damaged items have been stored by the council for safe
keeping. We would like to apologise to anyone unable to use the
affected area of the garden during this time- such acts are beyond
the councils control."
District Councils Parks and CCTV staff are working closely
with local police.
council has requested that anyone with information about the damage
should contact Burnham Police Station by calling 101, the non-emergency
police telephone number.
staff launched a clean-up operation in the seafront gardens
scene of the damage in Marine Cove on Monday morning
stones were damaged and several lamposts pushed over
were dumped in the pond - and the cherub was also pushed over
Cove is currently closed to the public while the damage is assessed
discarded hyperdermic needles were seen among the debris, although
it is not known whether they are linked to the incident