Rocks also thrown at cars on same night

Bus pelted with ce­ment OFF AND RAC­ING TO GET CITY ON PACE

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS - CHAR­LIE PEEL char­lie. peel@ news. com. au CHAR­LIE PEEL

A LUMP of ce­ment was hurled at a bus full of pas­sen­gers by a group of youths in one of a string of at­tacks on mo­torists on the week­end.

The Sun­bus was trav­el­ling to­wards the city on Ing­ham Rd about 10.30pm when the large lump of ce­ment smashed into a win­dow on the left side of the bus. The bus driver and pas­sen­gers were not in­jured but shat­tered glass was scat­tered through­out the bus.

The at­tack on the bus was just one of sev­eral sim­i­lar in­ci­dents on Satur­day night, with sev­eral cars hav­ing rocks thrown at their wind­shields.

North­ern Re­gion Act­ing As­sis­tant Com­mis­sioner Paul Tay­lor said it was lucky no lives were lost. IT’S now just days be­fore the roar of V8 en­gines, the beat of live mu­sic and the sound of thou­sands of race­go­ers en­joy­ing a good time re­ver­ber­ates through Townsville.

Townsville 400 or­gan­is­ers have be­gun the mas­sive task of trans­form­ing Reid Park into race cen­tral for three days of rac­ing ac­tion be­gin­ning on Fri­day.

Event or­gan­iser Rachael White said

“Throw­ing rocks at cars is an ex­tremely id­i­otic ac­tiv­ity,” he said.

“We’ve seen it in the past where peo­ple have lost their lives be­cause of stupid acts like these. When a car is trav­el­ling at 60, 80 or 100km/ h and pro­jec­tiles are thrown at it it is like shoot­ing a gun.

“If we find peo­ple do­ing it they will go be­fore a court, and if they cause in­jury to any­one prepa­ra­tions were well un­der way, with some road clo­sures al­ready in place to al­low the com­ple­tion of the track and the in­stal­la­tion of pedes­trian bridges and race in­fra­struc­ture.

“It’s track­ing very well and the lovely Townsville weather has been very kind to us,” she said.

“We’ll be putting in the fin­ish­ing touches over the next cou­ple of days be­fore the teams start rolling in next week.

“We have been work­ing hard on the they will suf­fer the con­se­quences.” Po­lice were yesterday re­view­ing CCTV footage to try and iden­tify the of­fend­ers.

Sun­bus gen­eral man­ager Tony Mor­ri­son said they were work­ing with po­lice to help find the cul­prits.

“On Satur­day evening a Sun­bus ve­hi­cle was struck by a stone paver, caus­ing a win­dow to be smashed,” Mr Mor­ri­son said.

“Sun­bus un­der­stands from the po­lice that this in­ci­dent was part of a num­ber of sim­i­lar in­ci­dents on that evening.

“These in­ci­dents are par­tic­u­larly dan­ger­ous to driv­ers and pas­sen­gers.”

Mr Tay­lor blamed par­ents, say­ing they needed to be more re­spon­si­ble for their chil­dren.

“I un­der­stand be­ing a par­ent is a chal­lenge, but it’s

clear to me that some par- phys­i­cal build for the past five weeks, but there was a lot of plan­ning and con­sul­ta­tion in the months lead­ing up so it’s great to fi­nally see the event tak­ing shape.

“The week­end is very fam­ily friendly, with lots of en­ter­tain­ment on and off the track.”

Townsville po­lice’s spe­cial plan­ning unit tasked with en­sur­ing the race week­end runs smoothly met on Thurs­day to ex­am­ine the com­mand, con­trol and in­ter­op­er­abil­ity as­pects of the event, and plan in­ci­dent re­sponses. ents need to step up to the mark and take re­spon­si­bil­ity for par­ent­ing their chil­dren. Chil­dren roam­ing the street late at night with no su­per­vi­sion is a recipe for dis­as­ter,” he said.

“Par­ents are of­ten an­gry and de­fen­sive of their child af­ter they do some­thing wrong, but they should show love for their child be­fore they’re in trou­ble or caught up in tragic cir­cum­stances.”

Any­one with in­for­ma­tion should call Crime Stop­pers on 1800 333 000.

Ms White en­cour­aged busi­nesses to take ad­van­tage of the in­flux of visi­tors to the city.

One part of the event sure to be watched with keen in­ter­est is the de­but of the Aus­tralian For­mula 4 Cham­pi­onship.

“It’s a good segue into elite motorsport, and we could even be watch­ing the next Jamie Whin­cup make their de­but here in Townsville,” Ms White said.

Grand­stand seats are still avail­able via www. tick­etek. com. au.

Pic­ture: EVAN MOR­GAN

BIG EVENT: TAFE stu­dents Sherry McMil­lan and Sa­man­tha Kennedy, who will be busy work­ing at the V8s this week­end.

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