Planks that make up the deck of the Victorian Swanage Pier have been removed and thrown into the sea by people trespassing on the closed pier.
On Monday 1st June 2020, eyewitnesses reported that a large group of young people were swimming out to the pier and then running along the wooden structure despite it being shut due to coronavirus restrictions.
Large holes in the Swanage Pier decking after planks were removed
Not only dangerous but illegal
People were also seen jumping off the pier, which is not only dangerous but illegal. A member of the public said that she had called the police.
In a statement on social media, The Swanage Pier Trust said:
“Large timber sections, purchased with donated funds, were thrown into the sea and will now need to be replaced. Pier jumping is incredibly dangerous and is strictly prohibited.
“Swanage Pier Trust is the charity that runs the pier and many people have generously contributed to the restoration of this landmark over the years. Please respect Swanage Pier and stay away until further notice.”
A plank from the pier spotted floating in the sea
Just finished being restored
Swanage Pier has only just finished being restored following a £2.2 million project funded by the National Lottery. This was to be the first year that the public could enjoy all the new facilities including The 1859 cafe and bistro, the visitor centre and shop, however the coronavirus pandemic means that the pier has been closed, losing it an estimated £40,000 of income.
To cope with the shortfall in funding due to the temporary closure, The Swanage Pier Trust has launched a fundraising appeal. Donations can be made online via its website.