AN arson attack on surfing equipment used by disabled people was carried out by posh youth on the rampage at an upper-crust resort.
For the second night running, snob yobs hit the upper-crust resort Polzeath beach – a favourite holiday haunt of Prime Minister David Cameron – wreaking havoc, this time in an alcohol-fuelled arson attack.
RNLI lifeguards spent yesterday morning clearing broken beer bottles from outside their office, and the Wavehunters' surf school staff arrived for work to find their advertising hoardings had been ripped up and used for firewood. One beach fire was so fierce it had to be extinguished by firefighters.
This morning, Wavehunters staff faced an even more sickening scene: vandals had broken into the portacabin used to store equipment, and set fire to three specialist wheelchairs used to provide surf experiences for disabled people.
Wavehunters' owner Andy Cameron said: "These people have no idea how upsetting this is, not just for us and our staff, but for our customers. I'm all in favour of people having a good time at Polzeath, but this is preventing people from having a good time."
He said he was in no doubt that the culprits were holidaymakers, and not local people. The cost of the wheelchairs, which are purpose-built in the USA, is estimated at £10,000. They were bought by the Quinnian Trust charity, which works to promote access to coastal activities.
The incidents are the first serious outbreaks of hooliganism since a police crackdown six years ago helped clear the resort of its "posh yobs" reputation.