At a popular Dorset resort, staff may be decked out in chairs.

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At a popular Dorset resort, staff may be decked out in chairs.

One of Britain’s most popular holiday destinations has lost £200,000 in revenue because officials chose not to hire out deckchairs for fear of criminals using them as weapons.

Visitors to Bournemouth have been able to rent the 3,500 council-owned chairs for over a century. However, they have been noticeably absent from the seafront of the famed Dorset resort this summer.

Vikki Slade, a council member, was told that it was in case they were used to attack workers.

“Even if that were the case, you don’t just get rid of the chairs; you beef up security or have police patrol the beach,” she explained.

“When I inquired about the financial implications, they stated that the budget had been adjusted by £200,000.”

“The wellbeing and safety of our workers, residents, and visitors was a priority in our decision,” a BCP Council official stated.

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