'Mindless morons' cause damage at iconic seafront shelter

PUBLISHED: 14:57 01 July 2019 | UPDATED: 10:00 02 July 2019

Damage done to the Jubilee Shelter. Ref exb 27 19TI 7038. Picture: Terry Ife

Damage done to the Jubilee Shelter. Ref exb 27 19TI 7038. Picture: Terry Ife

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A former mayor has blasted 'mindless morons' who smashed the windows and burned the wooden frames of an iconic seafront shelter.

Damage done to the Jubilee Shelter. Ref exb 27 19TI 7034. Picture: Terry IfeDamage done to the Jubilee Shelter. Ref exb 27 19TI 7034. Picture: Terry Ife

Budleigh Salterton residents and visitors were shocked to discover the 'jubilee' shelter, next to the Longboat Café, had been vandalised overnight on Saturday.

The shelter has recently been leased to the town council to look after and former mayor Courtney Richards has warned that the taxpayer will now have to foot the bill for repairs.

Speaking to The Journal, Mr Richards, who spearheaded a campaign for the town council to take responsibility for the shelter, said: "They are mindless morons - I hope these people are particularly proud of themselves as it's the people of Budleigh who will end up paying for this through their council tax.

"What sort of message does this send out to our visitors?

Damage done to the Jubilee Shelter. Ref exb 27 19TI 7036. Picture: Terry IfeDamage done to the Jubilee Shelter. Ref exb 27 19TI 7036. Picture: Terry Ife

"I am very angry - vandalism is so pointless and sadly of course, with less police presence in the town, these people just seem to get away with it."

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