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Disability Surf School Targeted By Looters Facing Uncertain Future

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7:02am 10th August 2013

A Newquay surf school for disabled children says its future is under threat, after it was targeted by looters.

Around two thousand pounds worth of kit was stolen after Freedom Surf's truck got swamped by the tide at Great Western beach.

It got stuck trying to navigate through crowds of beachgoers on Wednesday afternoon, and a landrover and trailers were quickly flooded by the rising waters.

Now the not-for-profit organisation's director said it may not be able to put on lessons booked for the summer holidays.

Director Mark Hill said the landrover could not be repaired, and was a write-off: "Insurance companies do took quite a while. Before we know it, it's going to be the end of the season. It is a make or break situation if Freedom Surf can't get another vehicle. Because we are a not-for-profit organistaion, we don't keep it in the budget to buy cars here and there.

"We are actually in trouble. The insurance company, even though it is insured, they were going to supply us with a courtesy vehicle, but because the car is now a write-off, they won't. Now, unfortunately the lessons we have booked through the summer holidays are now at risk."

The mayor of Newquay has described the looters who stole kit like surf boards, wetsuits and radios as "despicable".

Locals have come forward offering to replace equipment.

Mr Hill set up Free Surf in 2006 to offer surfing lessons for people with disabilities.

You can find more information by visiting www.freedomsurf.org or calling 07530 888938.

7:02am 10th August 2013

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