Van­dals make a mess at Pip­pins or­chard

Matamata Chronicle - - News - By BY LAURA MCLEAY

Pip­pins Or­chard was left look­ing a lit­tle worse for wear af­ter waste oil from a diesel en­gine was smeared all over the out­side of the shop last week.

Owner Stu Broomhall said he left the or­chard at 10pm on Tues­day, De­cem­ber 6 and when he re­turned at 6.30am on Wed­nes­day, De­cem­ber 7, it had been van­dalised.

Not only was the shop cov­ered but his trac­tor had oil poured into the fuel tank, half the bon­net ripped off and wires pulled out. ‘‘They had also pulled the plugs out from the fridge and freezer,’’ he said. ‘‘It costs a fair bit of money to fix it up and our time. We feel ab­so­lute sheer frus­tra­tion through some­one do­ing some­thing dumb.’’

The week be­fore a bit

of stuff was ‘‘flogged’’ and the se­cu­rity lights un­screwed. Mr Broomhall said they have no idea why they have been tar­geted.

If you have any in­for­ma­tion on this, call the Mata­mata Po­lice on 888 7117.

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