Re­ward of­fered af­ter junk dumped at church

South Waikato News - - Your Paper, Your Place - TA­MARA THORN

Some­one’s junk is some­one else’s treasure, but not in the case of St Pauls Methodist Church.

The church on Kelso St, Toko­roa, was re­cently used as a dump­ing ground with peo­ple’s un­wanted couches and mat­tress be­ing left at the back of the build­ing.

At her wits end, church mem­ber Melissa Hill put pho­tos of the fur­ni­ture on Face­book ask­ing if any­one has seen the peo­ple re­spon­si­ble dump­ing them.

‘‘We are need­ing your ur­gent help please Toko­roa,’’ she said in the post.

‘‘To­day we have dis­cov­ered that some­one is us­ing the back of our church as a dump­ing ground for their old couches and mat­tresses.’’

A re­ward was of­fered for any­one who had in­for­ma­tion on who was re­spon­si­ble with three wit­nesses, who lived nearby, com­ing for­ward.

The in­for­ma­tion helped iden­tify the culprits and that in­for­ma­tion was now be­ing passed on to the po­lice.

It was not yet know if it had lead to an ar­rest.

Hus­band Robert Hill said that neigh­bours of the church saw a four-wheel drive and trailer leav­ing a drive­way lead­ing into the gully be­hind the church.

He said that the neigh­bour didn’t see the colour or num­ber plate of the car as it was dark but did see it leave.

The couches were stacked neatly against the wall which in­di­cated that some time and ef­fort was spent there.

‘‘They came in and did a good job of stack­ing it,’’ Hill said.

Hill said he felt an­gry like any other hu­man be­ing would be if this were to hap­pen to them.

‘‘For me it is very sad for peo­ple to do this sort of thing es­pe­cially to a church’’

He said if the peo­ple who did this had been hon­est the church they would have been more than happy to help dis­pose of the couches.

In­stead he had to reach into his own pocket to hire a trailer and take at least two loads to the dump to get rid of them.

Al­though there had been a lot of anger on so­cial me­dia Hill said he wasn’t com­plain­ing as it was just part of life.

‘‘When peo­ple can’t af­ford some­thing go to a church and ask the lead­ers,’’ he said.

‘‘There is no harm or shame in ask­ing they would be glad to help.’’

TA­MARA THORN

Fa­ther Robert Hill and his daugh­ter Lau­ren­syn Hill with the dumped fur­ni­ture.

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