Vandal attack terrorises elderly Boambee couple

Early morning hit . . . Arthur Holding was in clean-up mode yesterday after this vandal attack.
Early morning hit . . . Arthur Holding was in clean-up mode yesterday after this vandal attack.


ARTHUR and Cheryl Holding were forced to make alternative sleeping arrangements after their rude awakening early yesterday.

The Boambee couple were sound asleep at 12.30am when Arthur, who turns 77 next week, heard a 'terrific smash' in his bedroom.

"When you're asleep, it takes you a couple of seconds to pull yourself together," he said.

"My wife said 'don't walk on the carpet'. I had a quick look around and the first thing I saw was a small bottle lying on the floor.

"Once I put my shoes on, I saw smashed glass everywhere, and our bed was covered in tiny fragments of glass.

"I rang the police almost immediately and they were there fairly quickly. They also said they'd do a patrol of the area."

The couple spent the rest of the early morning hours catching up on lost sleep on either the lounge or in the back bedroom.

Police are investigating a link with a series of vandalism attacks on the Pacific Highway between midnight and 1am yesterday.

A Sawtell police spokesman said the offenders hurled rocks and other objects at four semi-trailers heading south on the highway between Sawtell Road and Lyons Road.

The police spokesman said they smashed a driver's side window, and also shattered three windscreens.

If you know anything about the incidents, or if you saw suspicious activity in the area at the time, contact Sawtell police on 6653 1205.

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