A YOUNG widow has seen her beloved beach hut, bought in memory of her late partner, burned to the ground by ‘cruel’ arsonists.
Aimie Reeves bought the chalet in Sutton on Sea earlier this year in memory of Ian Osborne, who died in 2009, but on Friday morning at around 1.25am it was gutted by yet another arson attack on the area.
The fire was the latest in a spree of incidents, which claimed two more beach huts late on Friday night, and police are treating the situation as a priority in a bid to end the attacks.
But for Aimie, of Louth, and her three young children George, Arthur and Ingrid, the damage has already been done.
“We’re absolutely gutted. It’s hard to convey how much it meant to us, it was very symbolic,” she said.
“We bought the beach hut in January to give the children somewhere nice to play, as a family, and to remember Ian.
“Sundays were always hard as they’re seen as a family day, but we’d been spending our Sundays and holidays there, so things were starting to turn around for us.
“It seems so cruel that it’s been completely destroyed for someone’s cheap thrill, when they’re older maybe they’ll realise what they’ve done.”
Teacher Aimie added: “I thought by buying a brick-style hut that it would be secure and safe from this sort of thing; how wrong was I? We’ll try and rebuild it but it’ll never be quite the same.”
Pc Ben Nuttall of Lincolnshire Police told the Leader that the ‘mindless attacks’ are taken extremely seriously and are being treated as a priority.
“Many of these chalets have been owned by the same families for generations and years of happy memories have gone up in smoke along with the buildings,” he said.
“Foot and cycle patrols have been increased in the area and officers in plain clothes have been used working closely with CCTV operatives.
“We encourage the community to work with us to identify the offenders and put a stop to these incidents. Anyone with any information at all is asked to contact Lincolnshire Police on 101 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.”
Police have arrested a 21-year-old local man in connection with the two beach hut fires on Friday night. He was interviewed at Skegness Police Station before being bailed until September 17 pending further enquiries.
Any local people or businesses that could help Aimie restore her beach hut to its former glory can contact the Leader on 01507 353219.
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