Mindless vandals have struck at Wellington’s Cameron Park with numerous sites across the park being tagged with names and inappropriate symbols.
Around 7:30pm on Wednesday 16 September 2020, three (3) male juveniles were observed on CCTV footage allegedly spray painting the new playground, the new amenity facility, adjacent trees, the War Memorial Cenotaph, and the fountain to name a few sites.
Mayor of the Dubbo Region, Councillor Ben Shields said he is enraged by this criminal and deeply offensive act of selfishness.
“I am absolutely appalled at the actions of these three young boys who think they have the right to damage the park that the whole community enjoys. The lack of respect that was shown on the side of the War Memorial is unspeakable. To think they have the audacity to spray their names on the cenotaph, a tribute that was installed to pay respect to those who have fought and died in war – is utterly disgraceful,” said Councillor Shields.
Council staff were quick to find the vandalism on Thursday morning and organised for it to be immediately commercially cleaned at a cost to the community of around $2000.
“This is a blatant and unnecessary waste of rate payers’ money, due to the selfishness of these three young boys,” Councillor Shields said.
NSW Police Force were called to the scene on Thursday morning to investigate and collect evidence discarded near the scene. Police have been able to access footage from the recently installed CCTV which will hopefully assist investigators identify the offenders and their accomplices.
Council strongly encourages members of the public to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 if they witnessed any suspicious activity around the area on Wednesday evening, or if they have any additional information.
Councillor Shields reminded the community that Dubbo Regional Council offers a reward of up to $2500 for information leading to the conviction of any person who has committed wilful damage to, or theft of, Council property.
“I am pleased that police have this footage and I’m confident it will assist them to identify who the culprits are. However, if anyone has more information that can lead to a conviction, I encourage them to come forward. I am happy to handout a reward if it helps bring these vandals to justice,” Councillor Shields said.