Pre­mier lashes out at ‘drop­kicks’

North Coast Weekender - - Special Report -

WA Pre­mier Mark Mc­Gowan la­belled straw­berry van­dals “drop­kicks” as his Gov­ern­ment an­nounced on Tues­day a $100,000 re­ward for their cap­ture. Speak­ing at IGA Leed­erville, he said “ev­ery West Aus­tralian will want the book thrown at them”. He said the Se­ri­ous and Or­gan­ised Crime Divi­sion was in­ves­ti­gat­ing and any­one caught could be sub­ject to a 20-year jail term. “They de­serve to go to jail,” he said of the per­pe­tra­tors. “Our straw­berry grow­ers are go­ing through a tough time. “I’d en­cour­age all West Aus­tralians to con­tinue to buy West Aus­tralian straw­ber­ries. “It’s the peak of the mar­ket; they’re de­li­cious. “You can take a sim­ple pre­cau­tion (cut them up). “They’re to­tally and ab­so­lutely safe.” The Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment has set aside $1 mil­lion to im­prove food safety and pre­vent tam­per­ing.

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