MP’s of­fice tar­geted in van­dal­ism spree

Ellenbrook Advocate - - #SNAPPERTH -

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.

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