Roselands Estate under vandal siege
By CRAIG McTEAR
A ONCE-PEACEFUL Coffs Harbour neighbourhood has become a playground for troublemakers.
The residents of Roselands Estate are disgusted with the late-night escapades of hoodlums who are running rampant, destroying property and disturbing the peace.
Carol Towers takes plenty of pride in her lovely garden, which is why she was dismayed one morning last week to discover her large flower lady statue had been knocked over and broken in two.
She is now faced with spending as much as $800 to replace the significant piece.
"They lifted it out, but it's been too heavy for them to carry, and they've dropped it," Carol said.
"It took three men to put it in there to start with.
"It's hard to keep your garden nice when people come in and destroy it."
Several letterboxes in nearby Bennetts Road were reportedly trashed the same night.
Some of Carol's neighbours have had garden ornaments stolen, and hooligans have been dragging garbage bins around the neighbourhood and tearing up and down quiet streets and cul-de-sacs in their cars.
The local childcare centre has even had small rocks lobbed over the fence. Management fears what could happen if a child placed one of these objects in his/her mouth.
"What was a quiet little estate is not a quiet little estate anymore," Carol said.
Roselands Estate residents are urged to be vigilant and to report any suspicious activity immediately to Coffs Harbour Police Station on 6652 0299.