16 December 2016

Public urged to watch out for vandals

The school holidays are hardly a week old and already young vandals are causing problems around Gore.

Last night (Thursday) vandals caused $3795 worth of damage to the Gore District Council’s main administration building and two branded vehicles in the carpark. Police have spoken with three youths in relation to the incident, after being called by staff working in the building at the time.

Parks and Recreation Manager Ian Soper has condemned the “senseless vandalism” and urged people to be particularly vigilant over the school holidays, as this is typically when there’s an increase in vandalism around the town.

“If people see anyone acting suspiciously, please ring the police.”

The latest incident resulted in a car window being smashed and panels dinted. Three windows in the office block were also broken, including one on the first floor.

There were also a couple of incidents of wilful damage last weekend, including eight geraniums in the Gore gardens being pulled out the night before Christmas in the Park and dumped just a few metres away.

“It’s annoying when you have a few spoiling it for the majority,” Mr Soper said.

People needed to realise the cost of vandalism to public property was ultimately a cost to ratepayers, he said.

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