Gear dam­aged in drunken ram­page Van­dals strike

Townsville Bulletin - - In Brief - by Nathan Paull nathan. paull@ townsville­bul­letin. com. au

THE Townsville Outrig­ger Ca­noe club faces months of fundrais­ing af­ter drunken louts dam­aged thou­sands of dol­lars worth of equip­ment.

Club sec­re­tary Cathy Hyde said mem­bers re­turned from a week­end re­gatta to find equip­ment they had stored at The Strand had been stolen and van­dalised.

Ms Hyde said one of the ca­noe’s amas – a de­vice on the side of the craft to help it float – would take about $ 2000 to re­place af­ter pre­sum­ably be­ing thrown in the sea.

‘ ‘ The r i g g i ng had b e e n slashed by bro­ken glass, large caps that keep the wa­ter out of the ca­noe hulls were miss­ing, and the other ca­noes – de­spite be­ing pad­locked – had been dumped on top of each o t h e r a n d t i p p e d u p s i d e down,’’ she said.

‘ ‘ T h e c l u b i s c u r r e n t l y un­sure of the full ex­tent of hull dam­age that these ca­noes have suf­fered and the mem­ber­ship is gut­ted by these acts of van­dal­ism.’’

SENSE­LESS: Pres­i­dent Ja­son Poppy with some of the dam­aged gear

Ms Hyde said she hoped the cul­prits re­alised the reper­cus­sions of their reck­less de­ci­sions, with the in­ci­dent re­ported to Townsville po­lice on Mon­day morn­ing.

The in­ci­dent comes just weeks af­ter life­guards on The Strand re­ported safety signs be­ing sense­lessly van­dalised and stolen.

Townsville po­lice of­fi­cer-in­charge Se­nior-Sergeant Tony Mel­rose said: ‘‘ I de­plore this mind­less crim­i­nal ac­tiv­ity by those peo­ple who feel the need to dam­age oth­ers.’’

He said CCTV was be­ing ex­am­ined by po­lice. Any­one with in­for­ma­tion should call Townsville po­lice on 4759 9777 or Crime Stop­pers on 1800 333 000.

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