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Yobs strike again at iconic glass eye in Lyme Regis
VANDALS have struck again causing further criminal damage to the distinctive glass eye panel on the Marine Parade.
The latest attack from yobs comes as the upper part of the Marine Parade Shelters is still not covered by CCTV cameras, even though Lyme Regis Town Council spent £15,000 on the cameras just over two years ago.
It is believed the incident happened at the start of this month sometime between 4pm on September 30 and 8am on October 1, and there is now a one-metre long crack along the panel.
PCSO John Burton said: “This is now an iconic part of Lyme Regis. Lyme is such a wonderful town and it is such a shame people spoil it by doing this type of thing.
“Somebody out there must know something about it, whether they saw it happening or if they have heard someone gloating about it. I urge anybody who has any information to get in touch with us.
“When the CCTV is installed it will provide a deterrent for this sort of thing which is the main thing we are looking for. If people still commit crimes it will give us a better chance of identifying them afterwards.”
There have been long-running concerns about the lack of CCTV in the area and Lyme Regis Town Council ordered the cameras in 2011.
CCTV cameras have already been installed on the lower part of the shelter but the cameras for the upper level, which are different as they have infrared vision, have been delayed in getting to Lyme Regis as they were held up at the port on entry into the country.
Replacing the glass eye panel is expected to cost around £5,000 and will be replaced when the CCTV is installed, which is hoped to be at the end of this month.
Local police have said they do not know how the damage was caused, and are appealing for witnesses to come forward.
Elliott Herbert, operations manager at Lyme Regis Town Council, described the latest damage as “pointless vandalism.
Mr Herbert said: “We are disappointed that such pointless vandalism has occurred again at our showpiece Marine Parade Shelters.
“It is also disappointing that CCTV cameras are not yet operational in this area, as this would have inevitably deterred the vandals or captured them on camera.”
Anybody who has information on the damaged is asked to contact PCSO John Burton by calling 101 and quote C:13:D:041660.
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