MP’s office targeted in vandalism spree
FEDERAL MP Christian Porter has blamed the State Government for failing to keep crime under control in Ellenbrook after a number of businesses were damaged last week.
Mr Porter’s electoral office was one of nine businesses targeted on Thursday when a 21-year-old man allegedly used a shovel to smash windows along Main Street.
He said eight windows at the office were smashed.
Traffic enforcement officers witnessed the incident during their morning patrol. An Ellenbrook man was charged with nine counts of criminal damage.
Mr Porter said he was concerned for the safety of residents.
“This type of criminal damage causes enormous financial stress for business and residents in Ellenbrook,” he said.
“Labor promised to address crime in Ellenbrook at the last election and clearly this shows that more police resources are needed to get on top of crime in the area.
“I will be writing to the Police Minister to express my concerns and see what can be done to provide better safety and security for our local residents and businesses."
However, Swan Hills MP Jessica Shaw said local police responded quickly.
She said the 24/7 Ellenbrook Police Station and an increased number of police were helping to tackle local crime.
“I’m shocked by what has happened,” she said. “I’m so glad no one was hurt and pleased to hear that Mr Porter has a newfound interest in Ellenbrook.
“Unfortunately, we can’t predict when these types of random incidents are going to occur.
“They caught him while he was committing the offence and no doubt prevented far more damage from occurring.”
Damage to Federal MP Christian Porter’s office.