Counting the cost of night rampage

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RAMPAGING hammer-wielding thugs have left businesses footing bills running into thousands of pounds – again.

Shop fronts on Whitegate Drive, Blackpool, have been targeted by vandals who smashed windows with hammers, just days after a brick was thrown through a window of a nearby business.

Owner Phil Hough and one of the vandalised windows at Subway, Whitegate drive, Blackpool.

Owner Phil Hough and one of the vandalised windows at Subway, Whitegate drive, Blackpool.

Further damage was caused to the traffic crossing nearby, opposite the Belle Vue pub, thought to be caused by a car crashing into it, leaving the area looking “a mess” businesses said today.

Phil Hough, manager of Subway, said his shop’s windows have now been smashed four times by vandals, with the latest hit bringing his total bill for damage up to £15,000.

He said: “When I saw it I just thought ‘not again!’. Why would people do this? What joy do they get out of it?

“Last time it cost around £4,000 to repair, this time I think it will cost around £3,500. I’ve had CCTV installed too, that cost £500.”

Vandalism

The area has been blighted by vandalism in recent years.

The Property Group had its windows smashed four times in just 10 weeks last year.

And just two weeks ago a brick was thrown through the window of Lobster Pot, before thieves made off with two charity boxes.

Tesco Express was also targeted overnight on Wednesday, with one of its windows smashed near to where the shop tills are located.

Matthew Roberts, team leader at the store, said: “At first I thought we’d been robbed, because we’ve been robbed before and it being near the tills.

“Then I saw Subway. And a car crashed into one of the crossings near the Belle Vue too. It’s just frustrating.”

A Lancashire Police spokesman confirmed officers are looking into the incidents and would be reviewing CCTV in the area.

The spokesman said: “Both of the incidents have been reported to us.”

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