Callous vandals trash Toowoomba's Endeavour factory

THE Endeavour Foundation is counting the cost after callous vandals trashed the Rangeville workshop on Sunday.

A group of five offenders broke into the supported employment business service on Ramsay St about 3pm Sunday.

The group smashed the windows of two 12-seater buses used to transport supported workers to Withcott Seedlings, and deployed a fire extinguisher in the sterile food packaging floor.

"We are still calculating the cost of the damage and clean-up, and will be for some time," Endeavour Foundation general manager - service delivery Tony Vidler said.

"We have CCTV cameras and gave the footage to police who have acted quickly in response and we appreciate their support.

"A group of five people broke in and did extensive damage to our support employment business service and buses in Ramsay Street.

"They also broke a window to gain entry to our work area, damaged food packaging equipment and set off fire extinguishers."

Mr Vidler thanked the group's security company, glaziers and cleaners who quickly repaired the damage and cleaned the workshop before workers arrived at the factory this morning.

Endeavour Foundation general manager - service delivery Tony Vidler . Break in at Endeavour Foundation, Ramsay St. November 2017
Endeavour Foundation general manager - service delivery Tony Vidler . Break in at Endeavour Foundation, Ramsay St. November 2017 Bev Lacey

"This enabled us to get everything ready for people with a disability coming in to work," he said.

"The glaziers cleaned away the broken glass on (one) bus and covered the window with plastic so we could use it (to) transport people to Withcott Seedlings."

Mr Vidler said Endeavour had moved quickly to notify contractors and company clients of the vandalism.

The Ramsay Street facility employs supported workers across a range of areas such as confidential document destruction, production of industrial cleaning cloth and food manufacturing.

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Endeavour Foundation also has supported workers placed at the Withcott Seedlings site in the Lockyer Valley.

Police are investigating the incident and have taken CCTV footage of the offenders from the factory.

Anyone with information is urged to report it to Crime Stoppers on 1800333000.



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