The Chronicle

GAYNDAH HERO MEMORIAL VANDALISED

- HOLLY CORMACK

THE Gayndah community is “disgusted” after vandals damaged a memorial erected for 21-year-old Sapper Jacob Moerland, who died serving his country in Afghanista­n.

Damage to the memorial at the

Gayndah Skatepark was reported to police on Monday. Officer-in-charge Sergeant Don Auld said it has been the target of similar damage in the past.

Sergeant Auld said a representa­tive of the RSL told police the memorial was erected at the skate park because of the soldiers’ love of skating and

that it was “deeply offensive” to be so disrespect­ful to such an important local shrine of remembranc­e.

Taking to Facebook, Gayndah veteran Craig Fothergill said “the Veteran Community is disgusted at the needless vandalism done to the memorial of a young Gayndah Sapper

who gave his life for his country.”

On Sunday night, lights along the Gayndah Riverwalk were deliberate­ly damaged by vandals, as well as to Gayndah State School sprinklers and a private citizen’s light nearby.

Report informatio­n to 131 444 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

 ?? Picture: QPS ?? Unknown offenders vandalised the memorial to 21-year-old war hero Jacob Moerland, who died while serving in Afghanista­n.
Picture: QPS Unknown offenders vandalised the memorial to 21-year-old war hero Jacob Moerland, who died while serving in Afghanista­n.

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