Vandals ruin police lifeline phone
IT COULD mean the difference between life and death for a person in need, but for now the Hervey Bay Police Station's emergency communication phone is out of order.
Thoughtless vandals smashed the receiver and pulled out the wiring some time on Thursday night.
The phone, which belongs on the wall next to the ramp at the front of the station, is used by members of the public who need assistance when the station is unattended.
Normally it can be used 24 hours a day and works as an intercom to police communications in Maryborough.
Hervey Bay Police Sergeant Darryn Morris said vandalism of any kind would not be tolerated but that damaging property that could result in the endangerment of others was particularly unacceptable.
“This phone gives the community a direct and free link to police,” Sgt Morris said.
“People who come here for emergent reasons, like those who think they are being followed by someone, need to be able to use it when they need to.
“The station will be prioritising fixing it, just as they will be prioritising finding the offender.”
Police are currently reviewing security footage in an effort to track down the culprit.
The phone was not the only property damaged in Hervey Bay on Thursday.
A blue Daewoo Nubira parked at the front of a Urangan home had the tyres damaged and an unknown substance thrown on its roof.
The damage happened on Boat Harbour Drive some time between 2pm and 10.30pm.
In Urraween a blue Toyota Corolla was damaged.
The sedan was parked at the front of Bay Support Services when offenders jumped on the roof and caused dents and scratches on the roof.
The damage happened some time between 6pm Wednesday and 10am Thursday.
Anyone with information can phone Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or Hervey Bay Police on 4123 8111.