Build­ing’s fresh mu­ral tagged in break-in

Upper Hutt Leader - - FRONT PAGE - COLIN WIL­LIAMS

‘‘We've only had them in place for a few weeks so it's dis­ap­point­ing.’’

First aid was needed for on-the­job 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. It’s quite funny in a way.

‘‘Who­ever it was prob­a­bly got out through the win­dow too be­cause of in­ter­nal locks on our door.’’

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 pro­mo­tional mu­rals on the Art So­ci­ety’s frontage was 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.

‘‘We’ve had graf­fiti at­tacks in the past and I guess we can paint over the walls again. We all know what kids can get up to.’’

The tag­ging was re­moved by the city coun­cil n quick time and as a fur­ther pos­i­tive 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.

‘‘I was very im­pressed with their con­cern and how they helped. I con­tacted the col­legeto say how re­spon­si­ble they were,’’ Smith said.

The Up­per Hutt Art So­ci­ety cel­e­brated its 60th birth­day on Octo- ber 14 with an open day and the un­veil­ing of the new large mu­rals.

Open for any­one to join, the so­ci­ety has 50 mem­bers and pro­vides a wide range ac­tiv­i­ties and tu­to­ri­als, in­clud­ing por­trait paint­ing and life draw­ing.

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