Plea to help nab vandals
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.