SEVERAL Pottsville residents have expressed their disgust and shock to see a popular local café and the Pottsville Tennis Club the targets of senseless vandalism on Friday, August 19.
Corner Stop Espresso Bar owner Ellie Penrose told The Weekly that the business manager at the café had opened on Saturday morning, August 20, to discover the cold room had been broken into and “completely trashed”.
Food had been stripped off the cold room shelves and eggs were thrown throughout the business, including at the front door. Mrs Penrose said the offenders did not gain access to the front of house, but made a mess of the cold room where they forced entry via a locked and secured door.
“Fortunately there was no damage to the main café, they were only able to break into the cold room out the back, which they completely trashed and threw produce everywhere,” she said.
The damage was estimated to be in the thousands of dollars and Tweed Police were investigating. Meanwhile, the Pottsville Tennis Club was also targeted in a mindless vandalism and graffiti attack, which many residents believe was connected with the café vandalism although this was yet to be confirmed by authorities. The offenders spray painted walls, destroyed property and in what many residents said was the most shocking act the vandals threw glass and other rubbish onto the tennis courts.
Club officials said they had to rush to clean up the club in the fastest and most thorough way possible, as a junior tennis team was scheduled to play at 9am that morning.
“The vandals left graffiti on the walls of the club with spray paint as well as throwing garbage and glass onto the tennis courts which had to be cleaned before a junior competition this morning,” the club told The Weekly.
“This is a non-for-profit organisation, run by volunteers to help the community of all ages to become active. It is disheartening when this happens and if anyone has any knowledge or information please help our beautiful community by contacting the police, as it has been reported.”
Police have also appealed to the Pottsville community to come forward with any information that could assist in their investigation. Anyone with information can contact Crime Stoppers NSW 1800 333 000 or Tweed/Byron Local Area Command on (07) 5536 0999.
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