Vandals damage several trucks on Link Road site

VANDALS caused damage to a number of vehicles being used in the construction of the Bexhill-Hastings Link Road.

They struck between 9am on Sunday (May 11) and 6am the next morning (May 12).

Police said the mirrors and headlights of several dumper trucks were smashed on the construction site in Crowhurst.

Sgt Mark Evans, neighbourhood policing sergeant from Bexhill Neighbourhood Policing Team, said: “This is a clear case of mindless criminal damage which has resulted in a number of vehicles being damaged.

“The location is close to footpaths regularly used by dog walkers, and I would appeal to any witnesses to contact Sussex Police or anonymously via crimestoppers quoting reference 0077 of 13/05.”

Hollington and Wishing Tree county councillor Phil Scott, who is a member of East Sussex County Council’s Bexhill Link Road Forum, said: “The vandalism is regrettable.

“Security is adequate but enhanced security would be most welcome.

“It is a big site of 6km in length which brings challenges for managing all of it.”

Karen Bowles, county council spokeswoman, said: “Overnight between Sunday and Monday a number of dumper trucks were damaged on the site and some diesel was also stolen.

“The damage was significant enough to prevent the vehicles from being used immediately however they are now operating safely across the site.

“We have 24hr security across the site which will be reviewed following the incident, however we do not anticipate that this will cause a delay to the project. The matter is currently being investigated by Sussex Police.”

Construction on the multi-million pound road started in January last year. For a report on the latest progress of the Link Road turn to page 12 for the full story.