Village flagship is hit by yobs in fresh attack

Jenny Rowe wants the hotel made safe so it can be restored.
Jenny Rowe wants the hotel made safe so it can be restored.
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A landmark empty hotel in Sutton Bridge has suffered a repeat attack by yobs who got in through the back door to smash boxes of glasses and daub graffiti everywhere.

The 21-bedroom Bridge Hotel suffered serious damage at the hands of vandals in November and also had squatters living inside.

Jenny Rowe, a parish councillor, said the repeated vandalism is a great shame as the hotel was once a flagship and could be returned to its former glory.

She said: “It’s been reported to the agents on numerous occasions, but they just send someone to board up a window so the vandals just break another.

“It’s such a shame as that building in its heyday was the flagship of the area.

“Hopefully, when the marina is built, someone will buy it and bring it back to its former glory.

“Sutton Bridge is not the ‘back end’ of Lincolnshire. As you leave Norfolk, it is the first place you come to, it’s the ‘gateway’ to Lincolnshire and should be treated as such.”

Mrs Rowe reported the latest attack to the police and one in November, when hotel windows were smashed – one of them by a chair that was thrown out of the hotel.

She wants the hotel made safe so it can one day be restored by a new owner.