VANDALISM VICTIM: Retailer Noel Smith, of the Low Pressure Surf Co on Prince Street, surveys the damage to his store. Photo: AD
VANDALISM VICTIM: Retailer Noel Smith, of the Low Pressure Surf Co on Prince Street, surveys the damage to his store. Photo: AD

Prince St traders rocked by vandals



DECORATIVE stones added to beautify Grafton's Prince Street were used to vandalise the shop fronts of Grafton retail outlets on Sunday morning.

Noel Smith, owner of the Low Pressure Surf Co, is angry council placed the stones in an area prone to vandalism.

"I just question why in the world they would place these stones in such a place," he said.

Single stones caused small cracks in the store's front door, while a beer bottle caused even greater damage.

Louis Covre, owner of Grafton Fast Photos, also had his store front vandalised.

"Those rocks are just trouble and it's our tax money which has paid for them," he said.

"I have to patrol my business on the weekends and am just fed up with this."

Lane's Mitre 10, which backs onto an alleyway in Duke Street, had its back doors smashed.

"It's a real concern, in the last three months we've had to replace the window twice and had eggs splattered on it," owner Mark Lane said. "This time it cost $430 to replace the window, now that's someone's wages, I'd much prefer to put someone on than replace a window," he said.

Another victim of vandalism was Welcome Back Fabric Barn on Prince Street, which had the rubber of its main window removed, rendering the glass unstable.



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