Police search for PCYC vandals
That was how Sergeant Patrick Fleming described the ugly graffiti that was discovered at Hervey Bay PCYC at the weekend.
The PCYC wasn’t the only place that was targeted – several shops on Main Street also came under attack from graffiti artists at the weekend, as did the Hervey Bay welcome sign on Scrub Hill.
Police said the tag “C3S” was found written in black paint at several locations, including two Pialba businesses and the PCYC.
Senior Constable Mick Bleakley said it was a tag police had not come across before.
He said officers were yesterday investigating a number of leads that might help catch the offender.
“It is usually kids who are doing it,” he said.
“Often we receive information from sources at the schools, which can help identify the offenders.”
The graffiti at the PCYC included the words “can’t be stopped”.
Snr Const Bleakley said it was unknown whether that particular message was meant for police or if it was a message sent to a “rival gang”.
“It might be aimed at a gang or at authority, we couldn’t say for sure,” he said.
“A number of crime reports have been put in for all the offences, the tags have been photographed and when we find out who it is hopefully a number of charges will be laid.”
Meanwhile, Sgt Fleming said the time, effort and financial resources that went into cleaning up graffiti would be better used in other pursuits.
“It’s not the first time it has happened,” he said of the graffiti attack.
“Minor graffiti is a constant thing we have to deal with.
“It’s just disappointing and frustrating.
“We now have to direct time, resources and money to getting that graffiti off.”
Sgt Fleming invited the culprits along to the PCYC to “find something better to do with their time”, including art work if they want to channel their talent into something positive.
“It’s just a pointless cycle.”