Plea to help nab van­dals

Manjimup-Bridgetown Times - - News - Holly Thomp­son and Tari Jef­fers

Man­jimup po­lice and shire staff are call­ing on the com­mu­nity to come for­ward with in­for­ma­tion about sev­eral acts of van­dal­ism at the week­end.

The dam­age in­cluded the de­struc­tion of 12 or­na­men­tal pear trees on O’Con­nor Street, van­dal­ism on a pri­vate prop­erty and six smashed win­dows at East Man­jimup Pri­mary School.

Man­jimup act­ing of­fi­cer-in­charge Sgt Dar­ren Gill de­scribed the van­dal­ism as mind­less vi­o­lence and dam­age.

Act­ing Sgt Gill said he be­lieved it was the same per­son or group of peo­ple re­spon­si­ble for each of the in­ci­dents.

“It is the com­mu­nity that is suf­fer­ing from this and there has been an in­crease in this kind of be­hav­iour over the past three to four weeks,” he said.

“The pre­vi­ous week­end we had dam­age to the Shell garage, four win­dows were smashed there and it is quite likely it is the same peo­ple be­cause we are crea­tures of habit.”

Act­ing Sgt Gill said the van­dal­ism was most likely fu­elled by al­co­hol and those re­spon­si­ble might not even re­mem­ber the full ex­tent of their ac­tions.

The trees on O’Con­nor Street were re­placed last year after they were van­dalised.

Man­jimup shire pres­i­dent Paul Omodei said van­dal­ism seemed to be a weekly oc­cur­rence and it was frus­trat­ing.

“We have been mak­ing a con­scious ef­fort to beau­tify the streetscapes in all of our towns, and set­backs such as this not only af­fect our amenity but take shire of­fi­cers away from their core du­ties,” he said.

“Of­fend­ers, when caught, will be dealt with by the full force of the law and we will be press­ing charges.”

Cr Omodei said the dam­age to the trees was es­ti­mated at $5000.

There is a $1000 re­ward for any­one who pro­vides in­for­ma­tion that leads to the con­vic­tion of of­fend­ers for any act of van­dal­ism to any shire owned or man­aged prop­erty.

Con­tact the po­lice on 9771 1000 or CrimeS­top­pers on 1800 333 000 with any in­for­ma­tion.

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