Mireille Merlet-Shaw

Toilet fire adds to string of crimes

CORAKI Golf Club has become the target of another act of senseless crime.

Vandals started a fire within the amenities block at the club on Sunday night, causing $1500 worth of damage, club treasurer/licensee Ray Hunt said.

Mr Hunt said it appeared the offenders stuffed toilet paper into the toilets before lighting the paper.

"The toilets are broken," he said.

"There is black ash all over them. It is a little brick building but we are very vulnerable because we have a machinery shed that is only wood.

"This is very frustrating."

The club's greenkeeper was the first to spot the fire damage early yesterday morning and police attended a short time after.

It is not the first time the sporting organisation has fallen victim to crime.

Only last week, thieves broke into the club and stole alcohol and the week prior five golf buggies were stolen.

One of the buggies was found burnt out and the others were retrieved, some damaged.

In response to the spike in crime in Coraki, police have increased their presence in the rural town.

"Police are increasing their patrols to address the increase of crime (in Coraki) and police have a number of suspects they will be targeting," Richmond Local Area Command Inspector Nicole Bruce said. "Any public assistance would help."



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