Vandals on the run
THE louts responsible for a shocking vandalism rampage in Coffs Harbour remain on the run.
Police are hoping residents who saw the attacks and who haven’t yet come forward will provide vital information to help bring the perpetrators to justice.
A mob of up to six young men ran riot at Park Beach and The Jetty early on Sunday, trashing at least a dozen vehicles and leaving local streets looking more like a war zone.
They 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.
“We have not yet made any arrests and are still conducting our inquiries,” said Sergeant Greg Peronchik, the head of the specialist Coffs Harbour Target Action Group.
“We are canvassing the neighbourhoods and have spoken to some of the victims again to clarify and verify information.
“We’ve also checked witness reports.
“We believe these incidents may be linked to a group of people who were misbehaving in the Park Beach area earlier on Saturday night and were moved on by police.”
Sgt Peronchik said an examination of the trail of destruction indicated the hoodlums had moved from the Pet Porpoise Pool, across Englands Park and into Hood Street and Mildura Street and then headed west along Harbour Drive.
“We are appealing for people to come forward if they saw these attacks or if they saw the group in these areas shortly after 1am on Sunday,” he said.
“Please call Coffs Harbour police on 6652 0299 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.”
Investigators say it was one of the worst incidents of vandalism ever committed in Coffs Harbour.
A 22-seat bus left parked near the Coffs Harbour Surf Club was the worst hit. Ten windows including the front and back windscreens were smashed.
Surf club officials say the incident alone will impact on tourists returning to Coffs Harbour.