Prom named on burglary hotspot list

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Hotel bosses in Blackpool today said they were “not surprised” the resort’s Prom has been named as a national burglary hot spot.

Figures taken from the Government-run website show one section of the Prom is the fifth worst place in England, Wales and Northern Ireland for burglary offences.

The research shows 37 instances of burglary have been recorded in the FY1 1RQ postcode area over the past 18 months.

Today Promenade businesses said they are unsurprised by the findings.

Mary Holliday, who owns the Manhatten Hotel, says she has experienced around half a dozen instances of attempted burglary in the past year.

She said: “We’ve had a couple of incidents in the last couple of months.

“We have people coming past every day asking people for money and when we say we’ll phone the police they say they’re not scared.

“They don’t really care and it’s happening every day, it’s getting worse.

“It won’t affect my business because we’ve got a lot of regular customers but it might affect other businesses in the area.

“We still have to be aware and we have to be vigilant though.”

Stuart Whitehead, of the St James Hotel, said: “We’re fine but we’ve got good security systems and CCTV.

“The research doesn’t really surprise me but we’re pretty vigilant here. This isn’t just happening in Blackpool either, it’s happening everywhere. We have to be careful.”

But Terry Hazlewood, of the Stretton Hotel, said he has not been affected. “I found the statistics a bit surprising. My chef got burgled but he lives down Central Drive, which isn’t really part of the Promenade,” he added

A street in the Sussex resort of Camber Sands recorded the highest number of burglaries with 49.

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