BEACH hut owners are counting the cost after ‘mindless’ vandals pulled off doors, smashed windows and covered the huts in graffiti.
Nine beach huts in West Hayling were targeted overnight on Tuesday.
It makes me sad that even on Hayling Island we are not safe from mindless vandalism
Dog walkers discovered items strewn across the shoreline early yesterday morning and called police.
All the beach huts are privately owned and it falls to the owners to pay for repairs.
One of those whose beach huts were damaged was Victoria Wall, from Stanford Avenue, Hayling.
She said: ‘My partner Paul went down early and, fortunately, although they had had a good go they didn’t manage to get in.
‘But they did pull off the wooden cover from the portholes which will have to be replaced.
‘I really don’t understand why people do such horrible things.
‘There are so many bad things happening in the world and yet people continue to want to hurt and upset individuals.
‘It makes me sad that even on Hayling Island we are not safe from mindless vandalism.’
The beach huts have been a hot spot for vandalism over the years, with owners having to deal with damage, thefts and even arson attacks.
But it had been quiet for a long time following a campaign by police and the fire service over the summer to ensure beach hut owners were doing their best to keep them safe and secure.
Owners were encouraged to keep up maintenance on the huts and board up any holes where vandals could get in.
A spokesman for Hayling police said owners were being contacted to find out the extent of what was stolen and the total cost of the damage.
No arrests have been made yet, but any witnesses or anyone with information should contact PC Simon Smith on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.