Coffs Harbour mayor Keith Rhoades.
Coffs Harbour mayor Keith Rhoades.

Rampage leaves mayor bewildered

COFFS HARBOUR mayor Keith Rhoades recoiled in horror when he saw yesterday’s Advocate front page.

He said he was disgusted to read about a vandalism rampage through Park Beach and the Jetty which resulted in the trashing of at least a dozen vehicles overnight on Saturday.

A mob of up to six young men smashed car windows with timber stakes and shopping trolleys, pulled traffic signs from the ground and drove the poles into vehicles parked on the street.

“These kids – they’re not young adults because young adults don’t act like that – obviously don’t have a brain between them,” an angry Cr Rhoades said yesterday.

“One can only hope that if they want to pursue this type of activity they are caught. We will seek to recoup the cost of repairs to the damaged public property.

“I was actually appalled to read that some of our presumably local youths can resort to this anti-social behaviour.

“If they are out-of-town folk they should go back to their own community, get a life and leave us alone because they’re not welcome here.

“They need to think that one day they might be married with family and how would they feel if their car was vandalised with street posts.”

Cr Rhoades said the rampage highlighted the need for residents to immediately report any such attacks to police.

“Don’t go out and confront them and don’t get involved but do report it straight away to police. Don’t presume someone else has already phoned the police.

“These morons must have taken some time to carry out this vandalism and there must have been people driving past.

“People must have seen it.”



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