Vandalised Blyth beach huts repaired and culprits caught

The restored beach huts.
The restored beach huts.

The iconic Blyth beach huts that were wrecked by vandals earlier this year have been fully repaired and the perpetrators of this mindless crime brought to account.

Northumbria Police has been working closely with the local community to identify who was responsible for the crime and last week, two teenagers were referred to the local Youth Offending Team by officers.

The damage to the doors of two of the beach huts. Picture by Robert Ferry.

The damage to the doors of two of the beach huts. Picture by Robert Ferry.

Thirteen of the 20 beach huts on the seafront had their doors and windows smashed and the contents ransacked at the beginning of February.

The chalets are managed by Active Northumberland, the charitable trust that delivers leisure services on behalf of Northumberland County Council.

Officers from Active Northumberland have been working to ensure all the repairs were carried out promptly and the huts restored to their former glory.

Northumberland County Councillor Cath Homer, cabinet member with responsibility for leisure, said: “The colourful chalets are a real focal point for the town and local residents were understandably upset and shocked by this crime. I am sure the local community will be reassured to know that those responsible for this wanton act of vandalism are being dealt with.”

Sergeant Jonny Pallace, Northumbria Police, said: “We understand the stress and upset this incident caused within the community and we are glad to be able hold those responsible to account. The actions of these two teenagers had far-reaching ramifications and we have spoken to them both in the presence of their parents.

“They have since been referred to the local Youth Offending Team, where they will be held to account for the damage they caused to a really iconic part of Blyth.

“Hopefully, the quick actions of both police and the local council reassures the public that we will continue to make sure Blyth remains a lovely and safe place to live.”