What a mess . . . students clean up after a vandalism spree at Coffs Harbour TAFE.
What a mess . . . students clean up after a vandalism spree at Coffs Harbour TAFE.

Rampaging vandals cause havoc at TAFE

By CRAIG McTEAR

THE 5am phone call from cleaners yesterday was bad news for Greg Robson.

The campus manager at Coffs Harbour TAFE in Glenreagh Street knew a big clean-up was ahead following an overnight rampage by hoodlums.

The intruders smashed a window in C block and reefed a fire hose from its box, then stuck the hose in through the window, turned it on and let it run at full pelt.

The deluge flooded an automotive staff office and a neighbouring computer lab, soaking the carpets and cupboards. The water was still pouring in when the cleaners arrived.

It was a similar story at F block, where the louts targeted a plumbing classroom and a staffroom, again by smashing a window and turning on a fire hose.

Mr Robson said yesterday it was hard to put a dollar figure on the damage at the moment.

"It depends if the carpet can be lifted and the underlays replaced. If we can't, we'll have to get new carpet," he said.

"That will be assessed."

Mr Robson said he was surprised by the attack, considering the campus had been largely spared from vandalism in the past.

"We did have a minor vandalism incident a couple of weeks ago," he said.

"It's disappointing that these things happen, but we're resourceful and work around it so our operations can continue as normal."

The destruction caused only minor disruptions at the campus yesterday.

n If you saw suspicious activity in Glenreagh Street overnight on Tuesday, you are urged to contact Coffs Harbour police on 6652 0299.



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