Owner hits out after attack on beach donkeys
A LONG-STANDING donkey business has praised the security at two Lincolnshire beaches following a yob attack on his animals in Cleethorpes.
John Nuttall, whose family has provided donkey rides at Cleethorpes, Skegness and Ingoldmells for three generations is now considering pulling out of Cleethorpes after the violent attack.
He is still committed to maintaining the beach tradition in Skegness and Ingoldmells where he says there has never been such violence shown.
Two of the Cleethorpes donkeys - Dudley and Banjo - were kicked in the face, put in headlocks, hit with pieces of wood and ridden bare-back while they were supposed to be resting following a hard day’s work.
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The pair suffered cuts to their faces, and were so traumatised by the ordeal that they were too scared to be touched by their owners the next morning.
Mr Nuttall is now offering a £350 cash reward for anyone with information that leads to a successful conviction in court.
He said: “We are determined to name and shame those who did this so if anyone has any information, they should contact Humberside Police.”
Mr Nuttall praised the resorts of Skegness and Ingoldmells where there has never been such an incident.
He said: “We haven’t had any incident like this in East Lindsey. In Skegness they are pretty much monitored 24 hours a day and it is the same in Ingoldmells which is the best in terms of security.
“Where we operate from Joe’s Beach Bar, if there is any kind of incident we can call upon private security.
“Even playing ball games near donkeys can scare them.
“At Skegness, East Lindsey District Council has put up signs asking people not to do certain things in the designated donkey area so we have that as back up if we have to deal with anything.”
Mr Nuttall has 50 working donkeys - 34 operating at Skegness and Ingoldmells and 16 at Cleethorpes.
North East Lincolnshire Council has condemned the attacks.
Anyone with information should contact Humberside Police on 101.