Shop owner hits out after vandals’ spree

Vandals managed to smash a window at Dolls Houses Are Us, on Waterloo Road, depite it being covered by a metal shutter at the time. Below: Darren Thickett
Vandals managed to smash a window at Dolls Houses Are Us, on Waterloo Road, depite it being covered by a metal shutter at the time. Below: Darren Thickett
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A trader has hit out at prolific vandals after a wave of graffiti and vandalism swept across part of Blackpool.

Darren Thickett, who owns Dolls Houses Are Us, on Waterloo Road, was left with a £600 repair bill after yobs managed to break his store window – despite it being protected by a metal shutter.

Darren Thickett

Darren Thickett

He said the damage, along with graffiti tags that have been popping up all over South Shore in recent days, have left the area in the worst state he has seen since he first set up his shop there six years ago.

He added: “It’s getting horrendous round here. More graffiti keeps turning up overnight.

“It’s coming back as fast as we can paint over it.”

And when Darren turned up at work on Wednesday morning, he was greeted
 by broken glass after having his window smashed by vandals.

He said: “It must have been unbelievable force to do that. There’s a shutter and then a quarter-of-an-inch of glass – whoever has done that must have serious anger issues.”

But, despite reporting it to police, he claims he was told there is not much that can be done because the area is not covered by CCTV.

“There’s two CCTV cameras, but neither point this way,” he added.

“There’s nothing that covers down here and that has long been a bone of contention.

“For me, this area is definitely getting noticeably worse. I don’t know why.

“I don’t know whether it’s a lack of funding – we’ve got the youth club closing earlier, and I haven’t seen as many police around lately.”

The damage was caused between the store closing on Tuesday and when it reopened on Wednesday morning. The incident has been reported to police.

A Lancashire Police spokesman said: “We had a report that a front window had been smashed and the people who have done it have run off.”

Investigations into the incidents are ongoing.

Anyone with information should call 101 or contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.