7 January 2020

Vandalism and theft at Madeira Terrace over the Christmas break

Between Monday 23 December and Boxing Day there was some vandalism to shelter roofs with thieves stripping copper from the Victorian lift that links the A259 Marine Parade and Marine Drive.

We plan to install a temporary cover over the canopy roof of the Madeira Lift to prevent further deterioration. We're also conducting a detailed assessment of the damage before deciding on the most appropriate course of action.

Councillor Nancy Platts, Leader of the council said "We have been focused on fundraising and works to restore the Madeira Arches, and we really appreciate the community support for these efforts."

"I am bitterly disappointed about the recent theft – it’s totally unacceptable and an unwelcome setback."

"Nonetheless, I will personally be looking for swift action and officers are redoubling efforts to restore this historic heritage site to its former glory."

Police are appealing for anyone who saw anything suspicious or noted suspicious vehicles in the area, particularly if they may have mobile phone or dash-cam footage, to report details online or to call 101, quoting serial 315 of 26/12.

Alternatively please contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously, telephone 0800 555 111.