St Ouen's Bay surf centre broken into, smashed up and flooded

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THE owner of a surf school in St Ouen’s Bay has appealed for information after his business was broken into, smashed up and flooded with a hosepipe.

Chester Mackley at the Splash Surf centre at the Watersplash Picture: DAVID FERGUSON. (25852914)

Chester Mackley, owner of Splash Surf Centre – next the Watersplash, said that his staff became aware of the damage on Saturday afternoon.

‘We left one shutter padlocked but not locked so that the guys who were running the surf competition could get in and get access to electricity, but on Saturday afternoon we found that someone had gone in and smashed the place up.

‘There was a hosepipe in there too and they had flooded it,’ he said.

‘I have not actually been able to go down and see it yet but we will be looking at CCTV and trying to see who was in there.’

The incident comes around five years after the business had to be almost completely rebuilt when it was partially demolished during a fierce winter storm.

And Mr Mackley added that a laptop and iPad were among the items that had been damaged during the break-in.

‘There was no swell so it was pretty flat at the time – there was no surf around. I think it might be kids or something or someone that’s had a few beers and not thought things through,’ he said.

‘It would be good to get the word out to see if anyone knows anything about it – it is quite frustrating.’

The States police confirmed that the incident had been reported to them and they were investigating.

Anyone with any information is asked to contact the Splash Surf Centre on 07829 878878 or the States police on 612612.

Lucy Stephenson

By Lucy Stephenson


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