BRAZEN vandals have defaced a pair of seafront beach huts in another attack.

Vandals targeted the structures near Hove Lawns with blue spray paint on Saturday evening.

One furious beach hut owner slammed the act as “stupid” and branded the vandals as “pathetic”.

They told The Argus: “It’s another thoughtless, stupid act by pathetic people who have no respect for anybody or for their home town.

“What are they trying to say?

“I really hope the police take this seriously as it seems to be getting worse lately. We really need CCTV on the promenade.”

The attack also provoked anger from the founder of Hove Beach Hut Association, who slammed the city councils “soft approach” to vandalism.

Speaking to The Argus, Robert Nemeth, who is also a Conservative city councillor for Wish Ward, said: “As a councillor representing a seafront ward, and founder of Hove Beach Hut Association, it troubles me that the council continues to take a soft approach to vandalism.

“To add insult to injury, council officers have decided to withhold the graffiti wipes that were to be supplied to anybody wishing to remove seafront graffiti for the most bizarre health and safety reasons imaginable.

“A disjointed approach at much greater cost and delay will now ensue.”

The Argus: The beach huts were sprayed with blue paint The beach huts were sprayed with blue paint

The damage comes just weeks after vandals defaced beach huts and an historic seafront shelter with orange paint.

The defaced shelter, 19th-century architecture built to provide protection from the wind and rain, was damaged.

Illegible tags were plastered over the shelter itself and the pavement surrounding it, as well as three other beach huts.

At the time, Cllr Nemeth said: “I have called for a strategy for crime prevention on Hove seafront which the Labour/Green coalition administration will be responding to shortly. I hope that it contains a lengthy list of solutions, but I’m not holding my breath.”

Earlier this month, a police officer was struck in the face by a glass bottle, knocking her unconscious as police attempted to disperse a large group on Hove Lawns. Around 200 people gathered at the popular meeting point as officers responded to reports of antisocial behaviour. As police attempted to disperse the group, one officer was hit in the face with a glass bottle.

She has been left with mild concussion and bruising.

Four arrests were made before the force announced a Section 34 dispersal order was in place at Hove Lawns.

Three people have since been released under investigation, but Jacob Ross, 26, of Church Road, Hove, was been charged with two counts of assault of an emergency worker, possession of a knife in public and possession of cannabis.