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Vandals target schools during holidays

SCHOOL DAMAGE: Police investigate a break in at Central Bundaberg State School. Photo: Max Fleet / NewsMail
SCHOOL DAMAGE: Police investigate a break in at Central Bundaberg State School. Photo: Max Fleet / NewsMail Max Fleet

A SPATE of break-ins and wilful damage incidents at schools across the region during these school holidays has prompted police to remind all residents to report any suspicious behaviour.

Moore Park Beach, Walkervale, Bundaberg Central, Thabeban, North Bundaberg and South Kolan state schools have all been targeted in the past few weeks.

Smashed windows and glass doors, damaged gardens, graffiti and stolen confectionary and soft drinks are among the reported incidents police are investigating. Bundaberg Police Sergeant John Zanco said incidents reported to police in just the past few days included graffiti at Moore Park Beach State School, which was reported about 6am Monday, and a smashed window at Central State School which happened overnight Sunday.

Police were also called to Walkervale State School on Sunday after three offenders allegedly threw rocks, damaging a glass door, a number of windows and destroying plants in the school vegetable garden between 1.45-2pm.

Two juveniles aged under 14 will also be dealt with under the Youth Justice Act after police found them in the school grounds at Thabeban State School on Sunday and in possession of a knife.

Thabeban State School was again targeted on December 27 after four louvres were removed from a hall area.

The incidents have prompted Bundaberg Police to ask parents if they know where their teens, pre-teens and young children are, with information indicating that a number of the offences may have been committed by young people.

Soft drink cans were stolen from Bundaberg North State School sometime on January 1 after offenders entered a school building by breaking a window.

A window in another school building was also smashed. While between 5.30pm on December 11 and 9am on December 12, offenders entered the school grounds and smashed a window and stole a quantity of confectionery at Kolan South State School.

Those involved also attempted to access another room but were unsuccessful.

With only a few weeks before school resumes, anyone who lives near a school or is passing by is urged to keep watch for any suspicious behaviour and report it to the 24-hour School Watch hotline on 13 17 88 or Policelink on 131 444.



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