THEY struck under the cover of darkness, wreaking havoc throughout the district as they went.
Louts joyriding in what was probably a four-wheel drive bashed and crashed their way through some of our most popular reserves between 2am and 5am yesterday and left behind a damage bill expected to reach several thousand dollars.
In and around Park Beach Reserve they smashed over as many as five mature trees, including tuckeroos and coastal hibiscus, and drove across Diggers Beach Reserve and Coffs Creek Reserve near the Pet Porpoise Pool.
Angry council workers contacted police when they turned up for work yesterday and discovered the damage.
Coffs Harbour City Council offers a $5000 reward for information leading to the conviction of offenders such as these who destroy public property.
If you saw or heard the hoodlums early yesterday, you are urged to contact Coffs Harbour police on 6652 0299, the council on 6648 4000 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.