Heart­less van­dals de­stroy fence

Townsville Bulletin - - News - Natalie Wynne

‘ STUPID’: Al­li­ga­tor Creek gra­zier Alan Sheret shows a sec­tion of the bro­ken fence AN Al­li­ga­tor Creek gra­zier is fu­ri­ous and heartbroken af­ter find­ing his prop­erty fence bro­ken into hun­dreds of pieces.

Alan Sheret said he was fu­ri­ous some­one could be so ‘‘ stupid and heart­less’’.

The cat­tle­man is now of­fer­ing a $ 1000 re­ward to any­one who has any in­for­ma­tion on the crime.

Mr Sheret said he had only just made re­pairs to the $ 6000 fence last week and had no idea why some­one would tar­get him.

‘‘ I ar­rived back on the prop­erty the next day to find more than 500 cuts to the wire fence,’’ he said.

Mr Sheret said he was dev­as­tated by the find.

‘‘ A fence is a fence but I was more con­cerned about the live­stock wan­der­ing and caus­ing a fa­tal­ity as a re­sult of this act of pure stu­pid­ity,’’ he said.

‘‘ I couldn’t be­lieve it af­ter some­one al­lowed my live­stock to wan­der from the prop­erty.’’

The 27ha prop­erty con­tained 70 head of cat­tle, all of which es­caped af­ter the fence was cut.

‘‘ We still have at least 20 head un­ac­counted for,’’ Mr Sheret said.

‘‘ It would have taken two to three hours to cut it . . . t h e g r a s s swampy.’’

Mr Sheret said more than a kilo­me­tre of barbed wire had been lost to­talling at least $ 5000 worth of fence.

The gra­zier has no­ti­fied po­lice and is now ask­ing for pub­lic help to solve the mys­tery.

‘‘ I was there half the night fix­ing it, it was a ter­ri­ble waste of time,’’ he said.

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