JETTY ON FIRE AFTER HOONS TORCH CAR
By CRAIG McTEAR
JOYRIDERS have turned a Coffs Harbour icon into their playground, leaving behind a $30,000 damage bill.
The easternmost 25 metres of the famous jetty will now be off-limits to the public for the next couple of weeks after parts of the structure were damaged by a car set on fire.
Coffs Harbour City Council won't be able to make the necessary repairs until the arrival of the timber it ordered yesterday.
Residents contacted authorities at 2.57am yesterday when they saw a blazing car on the jetty.
Firefighters rushed to the scene to douse the flames, but the stolen Holden Commodore could not be saved.
Tony Lenthall from Coffs Harbour Fire Station said the culprits had rammed and knocked out a bollard at the jetty's western end and driven to the eastern extremity, where they set it on fire and abandoned it.
The blaze ravaged the timber decking and also melted railing.
The fire crews were needed again at 7.42am when council crews discovered the jetty was still smouldering.
Council staff had to make a large hole so the smoking crossbeams could be reached and extinguished.
Police said the car had been stolen from Aanuka Beach Resort. If you can help in any way with the investigation, contact Coffs Harbour police on 6652 0299.