Brazen theft at airport



GRAFTON airline Big Sky Express was the victim of an audacious theft earlier this month when thieves broke through an airport fence before hauling away a vital piece of the airline's equipment.

Thieves broke a chain lock at Grafton airport on August 9 before making off with a ground power unit, a $6500 piece of equipment used to power a plane's battery while it is on standby.

The theft was reported to the police and because of the nature of the crime, reported to the Federal Government as an aviation security incident. Clarence Valley Council airport manager Tony Smith said the matter was of some concern but revealed council was already looking at upgrading the airport's security. He said costing for video surveillance, new fencing, flood lighting and revised baggage handling practices would be implemented if an application for funding was successful.



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