Plan to 'name and shame' vandals
By PATRIZIA REIMER
MEETINGS have not worked and police seem powerless, so Brian Smith suggests the time has come to publicly shame the vandals who keep terrorising Lennox Head.
Yet another attack on Wednesday has prompted the Resident's Association president to call for the publication of photos of youth during their rampages.
He believes it would force parents to admit their kids are involved and finally take responsibility.
The latest vandalism incident destroyed at least $400 worth of gyprocking material at a Rayner Lane beachfront construction site.
The vandals jumped the two-metre security fence and spread sticky bright yellow gyprocker's glue on a storage container, splashed paint on at least four windows, several floors and walls, scratched a $1000 spa and destroyed eight bags of gyprocking compound powder.
Carpenter Shane Livingston said it would take at least a full day to clean up the mess. He also thinks someone may have spotted the vandals.
"They would've had their hands in the glue to throw it onto the sides of the container," he said.
"It must've been a lot of work to clean themselves up because they would have paint and powder and yellow gyprocker's glue all over their hands."
While police are still investigating the incident some believe the vandals were young people having their own brand of 'fun'.
A frustrated Brian Smith said the town was beyond having discussions about the problem and it was time for a new, radical approach.
"You hear reports that different people have cameras and they get photos of the kids misbehaving, why can't these photos be published?" he said.
"Putting the person on public display would surely send a message back to the parents and they would start to wake up."
Anyone with information about Wednesday's attack can call Ballina police on 6681-8699.