Man defecates on beach hut

UNBELIEVABLE.That was the only word to describe it today after a man defecated down the front of a beach hut door at Felixstowe - in full view of people using the seafront.

UNBELIEVABLE.

That was the only word to describe it today after a man defecated down the front of a beach hut door at Felixstowe - in full view of people using the seafront.

His disgraceful act left a horrible mess on the beach and the door of hut S25 Iona alongside the prom in front of the Spa Pavilion.

Police were called to investigate the unsavoury incident, and also a separate report that homeless people were camping in a small tent in the Spa Gardens.

The man's disgusting behaviour was witnessed by a woman, who was walking her dog.

The woman - who asked not to be named - said: “I saw this man go between two huts onto the beach. My dog then disappeared around the huts and I went to call it back and saw that this man had defecated all over the beach hut door.

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“It was really disgusting.

“He then wandered off towards the Fludyers and when I walked that way a little later he was on the beach changing his trousers.”

The man was about 5ft 10in tall, thick set, and appeared to be homeless and to have slept rough somewhere.

Suffolk Coastal officers were called to investigate and environmental health were understood to be sending a clean-up team to the beach hut.

Meanwhile, police and council officers were also investigating a tent being used by a man and woman to camp in the Spa Gardens near the Long Shelter.

Council officials were taking legal advice over whether they could insist the couple move on or would need to take formal action to evict them in the same way as travellers.

One couple walking through the gardens said the tent had been there a few days.

“It's not doing anyone any harm, but then again if no action is taken there will be a dozen there before you know it,” said the man.

Felixstowe mayor Ann Rodwell was disgusted someone should use the beach as a toilet when there were loos outside the Spa Pavilion and at Bath Tap, and felt it was a dreadful thing to happen at a time when the resort was attracting large numbers of visitors.

On the tent she said: “It's not the first time it has happened. These gardens are for residents and visitors to enjoy, not a campsite, but it breaks my heart that we have got people with nowhere else to live.”

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