Hailsham woman charged after pier owner’s car damaged in Eastbourne

A woman has been charged after a car belonging to the owner of Eastbourne and Hastings piers was damaged. Picture supplied by Brett McLean
A woman has been charged after a car belonging to the owner of Eastbourne and Hastings piers was damaged. Picture supplied by Brett McLean

A Hailsham woman has been charged after a gold coloured Mercedes belonging to the owner of Hastings and Eastbourne piers was damaged in Eastbourne.

Officers were called to Grand Parade, Eastbourne, outside the Albany Lions Hotel, at 12.45am on Friday (January 4).

Police found damage had been caused to the roof, front, offside and boot of a parked unattended gold coloured AMG Mercedes saloon in adjacent Burlington Place.

A woman was arrested at the scene on suspicion of causing the damage.

Sheikh Abid Gulzar, the owner of Hastings Pier as well as Eastbourne Pier, confirmed the damaged vehicle belonged to him.

In a statement, he said: “I am very saddened and disappointed by this act of vandalism, this car is one of the most photographed cars in East Sussex and brings many smiles to many people who like to take photos with the car.

“My car will be repaired.”

Police said Victoria Light, a 23-year-old receptionist, of Bowley Road, Hailsham, had been charged with causing criminal damage and bailed to appear at Hastings Magistrates’ Court on February 6.

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