Park vows to crack down on crime wave

Regent Caravan Park, Morecambe.

Regent Caravan Park, Morecambe.

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Holidaymakers are living in fear on a Morecambe caravan park after it was targeted by late-night burglars and vandals.

Holiday home owners told of their ‘nightmare’ after a spate of crimes at Regent Leisure Park including a theft of power tools from a shed, a smashed caravan window and reports of an assault.

Park home owners believe youths are entering the Westgate park late at night to cause trouble.

“There are older people on here who are scared stiff,” said a woman who lives on the park.

“It’s a nightmare. It’s supposed to be a holiday home.

“I want to make people aware, they have a right to know. People are too frightened to speak up. Something has to be done, it’s keeping us up late at night.”

Another park home owner said: “It has been bad. I don’t go out that much. I try to keep myself to myself. I don’t want to get involved.” Police were called out to the park five times between March 7 and March 27.

Around 350 people have holiday homes on the complex, which is owned by South Lakeland Parks.

“We can’t stress highly enough that these are uncharacteristic events and Regent is a large, well-managed park with, typically low levels of problems or anti-social behaviour,” said Nigel Wimpenny, managing director.

“We are a safe, secure holiday park, which attracts thousands of people into the Morecambe area each year.

“Nonetheless, the very last thing we would want would be for our owners to feel in any way uncomfortable or at risk on the park and the safety of our staff, owners and holidaymakers is our number one priority.”

Mr Wimpenny urged park home owners with fears to speak to management in complete confidence.

He said local police are a visible presence on the park as part of regular patrols and more CCTV cameras have been installed.