Vandals graffiti Pa¯ tea LibraryPlus
Pa¯ tea LibraryPlus was vandalised last week.
South Taranaki District Council libraries and cultural services manager Cath Sheard said it was targeted at 11pm on Monday. November 12.
“My current understanding is that they managed to break in through the back door,” Sheard said. “Damage appears to be restricted to graffiti and a broken modem which provides free WiFi.” Obscene words were spraypainted over the walls using red paint.
The building, on Egmont St in Pa¯ tea, is not in use as it is undergoing $300,000 of renovations.
It is not the first time the library has been targeted. A man smashed several of its windows in April, forcing a temporary closure.
On that occasion, the man admitted his offending to police after he had committed it.
Sheard said that these incidents were not specific attacks on the library.
“The vandalism was not specific to the library, there was other damage done around the town that same night.
“Obviously staff are feeling disappointed and let down. The LibraryPlus being renovated is exciting for the community and senseless damage takes some of that excitement away.” Police inquiries are continuing.
South Taranaki District Council maintenance officer Darryl Wereta was forced to repair several smashed windows on Pa¯ tea LibraryPlus in April.