Window breaking rampage

By MADELEINE DOHERTY

A random and senseless vandalism spree through parts of Byron Bay in the last month has left at least 30 businesses with smashed windows.

Tweed-Byron Police Duty Officer, Inspector Owen King, confirmed businesses in Fletcher and Byron Streets had been targeted by vandals.

"The reckless attacks are completely random," Inspector King said.

The businesses subjected to the vandalism were unlucky enough to be on a walking path to the Sandhills Estate and police believed they had suffered the damage for no other reason.

Police had increased patrols of the area but unless they could catch someone in the act there was little they could do.

Some of the businesses already targeted had installed closed circuit television cameras in the hope that they would catch the culprits who were using bricks and their feet to smash the glass.

One business, that wished to remain unnamed, has been hit four times in the last month with six windows being smashed two weeks ago.

Each window cost $700 to replace.

It was thought that a hammer or a piece of timber had been used on the two metre by one metre windows. The business has installed security cameras.

Twelve months ago Lawson Street was subjected to the same type of vandalism.


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