Van­dals graf­fiti Pa¯ tea Li­braryPlus

Stratford Press - - News -

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.

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