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Thanet business vandalised just two years after ‘losing everything’ in fire

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Original article from Kent Live

A motorcycle training facility in Thanet has been vandalised two years after suffering an arson attack.

The South East Motorcycle Training Centre had its windows smashed, doors broken and the plaster ripped off its walls.

The training facility is located on George Hill Road, in the field opposite East Northdown Farm in Margate.

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The incident comes after the company spent a large sum of money rebuilding following a fire two years ago.

Paul Duval, founder of the business, said the sight of the wreckage was "depressing".

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"I first saw the scene when I turned up for work in the morning," he told KentLive.

"I had to do taxi driving in the night while working in the day in order to pay for the rebuilding of this company.

"We keep all our expensive bikes in a sealed location away from the facility since we are not insured to keep them here.

The vandalised South East Motorcycle Training centre in Thanet

"This is just unfortunately something that happens to us every now and again.

"There is nothing that can be done, we can't afford CCTV to trace these people.

"I just have to take that on the chin."

The company was set up by Mr Duval in 2004, who has since gone on to become one of the leading instructors in the south east, with one of the highest first time pass rates.

The vandalised South East Motorcycle Training centre in Thanet

He explained that bikes had been stolen from the centre in the past, but the latest attack on the training centre has been a hammer blow, coming just two years after a devastating fire.

"After the fire we lost everything," the 52-year-old added.

"All the bikes were in the container and it cost around £40-50,000 to get back up and running again.

"People work hard, and then you get others that destroy everything and it costs a lot of money to repair things."

Mr Duval has already cleared the wreckage so that the facility can remain open to students.

If you are interested in finding out more information about the South East Motorcycle Training centre in Thanet, you can visit their website.

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