David McDonald surveys the latest trail of destruction at the Toormina velodrome.
David McDonald surveys the latest trail of destruction at the Toormina velodrome. ROB WRIGHT

Coffs Cycle Club vandalised again

DAVID McDonald and his colleagues just want to be left alone to pursue the sport they love.

The Coffs Harbour Cycle Club secretary is fuming over yet another weekend crime spree at the Toormina velodrome where the canteen was raided twice and property was ruined.

The destruction there is becoming a regular occurrence and follows shocking events three weeks ago when hoodlums attacked a family and competitors attending the Coffs Harbour Cycle Club Track Carnival and the NSW Country Track Championships.

“Our club members are fed up with what’s been happening. They should leave us alone and go and find something else to do,” Mr McDonald said.

“The police know about the situation. We assume the culprits are juveniles and it appears we can’t do anything except to keep fixing up the damage and make the place vandal-proof.

“(Coffs Harbour City) Council is looking at security improvements.”

Club members turned up for their regular club race on Saturday afternoon to discover the canteen had been broken into.

“Looking at the eaves it looks like they have used a crow bar or similar to ram and punch it enough to lift a small person into the gap.

“Taken was an armful of Powerade, about 10 Mars Bars and a box of lollies.

“Tomato sauce has been used for artwork on the criterium track.”

The council repaired the damage but the thieves hit the canteen again within hours of the first raid and stole more lollies and drinks.

Also during the weekend the intruders stole gear after smashing up a storage trailer and ripped panels off a Colorbond fence and sprayed graffiti.

If you can help with the police investigation, contact Sawtell police on 6653 1205 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.



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