‘Blind vandals’ target Bexhill homes with beach rocks

Two residents said there had been several incidents over the past few weeks causing extensive damage to their properties.

A woman said her home in De La Warr Road was hit around 1.30am on Saturday June 25.

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She said: “We had family staying that night. My husband was with his uncle in the kitchen when we heard this loud crash. He fetched the keys to the front door and walked straight out.

Damage to a car window

“He didn’t see anyone, but when he turned to face the house he saw that four of our front windows had been smashed and the rear window of his car had been smashed.

“He immediately called the police and they came very quickly to take a statement.

“When the police officer came she told us that a property in St Leonards had been targeted.

“A house on Gloucester Avenue was also hit on Saturday evening and Sunday morning. A few days later another house was hit on the same street.

Damage to property windows

“They [the vandals] went to the beach and threw the stones out the windows.

“We have young children and a big rock from the beach thrown through a window could have killed a child. They don’t think about the consequences of their actions. It’s just senseless vandalism.

“One of the houses on Gloucester Avenue that was hit is occupied by a very elderly couple.

“We’re all very scared the vandals could come back. One person I know is absolutely petrified.”

Another resident, who contacted the Bexhill Observer, said the culprits had been “causing havoc for some time”, targeting cars and house windows in the area.

She said: ‘On Saturday morning (June 25) at 2.25am I was awakened by an almighty crashing noise. These two men had thrown two large rocks onto the beach through two of the windows in my front room and then fled.

Sussex Police have been approached to comment on the incidents but have yet to respond.