Vandals don?t belong here: business manager

SEVERAL Grafton businesses were hit with a shower of rocks on Friday as vandals ran from police leaving a damage bill expected to top $10,000.

Staff at Black Toyota arrived for work on Saturday morning to find three cars at the Prince Street premises with shattered windscreens and dented by the rocks.

But it wasn't just the cars that bore the brunt of the attack, with a plate glass window also smashed during the incident.

Black Toyota general manager Danny Scott said he expected the damage bill for his business alone to be around $10,000.

Across the road, staff at Hession's Auto Parts and Accessories were also assessing the damage after they too had a plate glass window, facing the rail viaduct, smashed by a rock.

Yesterday police reported damage to two more Prince Street businesses situated close to the viaduct.

Police said they were called out to the area around 10pm, climbing the hill to the rail lines only to see a group of people running off some 200 metres away.

The late night attacks were not the first for either Black Toyota or Hession's.

Both businesses were victims of similar acts of vandalism just six weeks ago, when once again a number of people hurled rocks and left Black Toyota with a $5000 damages bill.

Mr Scott said the incidents had left him so frustrated that he was considering offering a reward for any information that might lead to the apprehension of those responsible.

"I think it's really sad that this behaviour has to come to Grafton," he said.

"That's why people live here because there none of that as a general rule. Whoever's doing it should be totally ashamed of themselves and whoever their family is or those who know about it should sort it out because it doesn't belong here."

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