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Vandals attack Woopi school

Vandals left behind a $1500 repair bill when they obliterated windows at Woolgoolga Public School.
Vandals left behind a $1500 repair bill when they obliterated windows at Woolgoolga Public School. LINDA GLEESON

IT’S a shocking attack which has stunned the close-knit Woolgoolga Public School community.

Students and teachers arrived at the school yesterday morning to see broken glass and smashed windows from a weekend vandalism spree, part of a wave of violence across the Coffs Coast.

The louts had used rocks and broken bricks to obliterate as many as 11 windows facing the school’s covered play area, with cleaners the first to discover the senseless rampage.

“I’m disappointed. Our school doesn’t have a lot of vandalism and I’m quite proud of that,” school principal Graeme Ross said.

“It’s respected as an institution and to have this happen is a bit of a shock.

“I would hate to think it’s someone with a grievance against the school – surely there’s better ways of working things out.”

Mr Ross said the destruction had hit the students hard because they, too, took pride in their school.

The rampage has resulted in a repair bill worth an estimated $1500.

If you saw suspicious activity in Scarborough Street between 6.30pm on Friday and 6am yesterday you are urged to contact Woolgoolga police on 6654 1244.

Elsewhere, hoodlums trashed a Volkswagen Bora parked in Coffs Harbour’s June Street.

They smashed a windscreen and two other windows, dented all the panels, broke off the windscreen

wipers and ripped off the petrol cap door.

They also ran off with compact discs and coins.

The attack happened some time between 11.15am on Saturday and 9.20am on Sunday.

The rear window of a white Toyota Echo was smashed in Red Rock’s Schafer Street overnight on Saturday. The owner has been left with a $450 repair bill.



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