New mu­ral tagged in break-in


A first aid kit was needed for on­the-job re­pairs af­ter van­dals cut them­selves when break­ing into the Up­per Hutt Art So­ci­ety club rooms.

The art so­ci­ety and the ad­ja­cent Here­taunga Play­ers’ Stu­dio at Miro St Park, Wal­laceville were bro­ken into and tagged overnight on Novem­ber 7.

‘‘They smashed a win­dow to get in and some­one must have got cut climb­ing in be­cause there were blood drops on the floor and cup­board doors,’’ club pres­i­dent Elissa Smith said.

‘‘They found our first aid kit and used some plas­ters, that had blood on it too.’’

Po­lice at­tended soon af­ter Smith’s mid-morn­ing dis­cov­ery of the break in and took blood sam­ples and dusted for fin­ger­prints.

The main door of Here­taunga Play­ers Stu­dio was smashed in for en­try. While noth­ing was stolen or dam­aged, both com­mu­nity build­ings were tagged on sev­eral out­side walls. One of two large mu­rals on the Art So­ci­ety’s frontage was also marked.

‘‘We’ve only had them in place for a few weeks so it’s dis­ap­point­ing. I guess it’s lucky that we spent some ex­tra money on anti-graf­fiti coat­ing so we will see how that goes.

Smith wanted to ac­knowl­edge help she re­ceived from two Here­taunga Col­lege girls

‘‘They were walk­ing in the park past the build­ing when I poked my head out the bro­ken win­dow. I asked if they had seen any­thing.

‘‘They hadn’t but they of­fered to help and came in­side. They got a brush and pan and ti­died up the glass as I was check­ing the build­ing out and then calling the po­lice.’’

The art so­ci­ety un­veiled the mu­rals for its 60th birth­day on Oc­to­ber 14.

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