Graffiti vandals target Salvation Army

TAGS scrawled across heritage buildings in Maclean last week are slowly disappearing but the inconvenience caused to residents cannot be undone.

The act of vandalism impacted a number of businesses and residences on the township's main street, including the Salvation Army Family Store which was tarnished by up to four distinctive tags.

Salvation Army Maclean team leader Shane Williams described the act as fairly minor but "rather foolish".

Attempts by volunteers to scrub the offensive paint off the former church hall with sugar soap and elbow grease proved time consuming but ineffective.

"Being heritage listed we didn't think it was wise for us to grab the nearest paint and paint over it," Mr Williams said.

"We had to go through the right channels. I think it's all fixed up now."

Mr Williams said while graffiti can be art form, the walls of the Salvation Army Family Store were not the place for it.

"Sometimes you can appreciate basic graffiti if it's done in good taste and in appropriate areas," he said.

"But when you get something like this it looks extremely scrappy and messy.

"It's not a nice appearance on the buildings in the area.

"Thank goodness they had the brains not to put it on ANZAC monument that's right outside our door."

Police are investigating the incident and asked anyone with information to phone Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.



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