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$20,000 of vandalism

Darryl McMullen, operations co-ordinator with McMullen Freight Lines in front of the vandalised curtain sides on his semi trailer.
Darryl McMullen, operations co-ordinator with McMullen Freight Lines in front of the vandalised curtain sides on his semi trailer.

TRUCK driver Darryl McMullen is fed up with graffiti and vandalism at his South Lismore business.

Yesterday he arrived at work at 5.45am to find one of his semi-trailers covered in graffiti and he says the incident was the final straw.

"This graffiti is 1.5m high and 14m long. It's right from one end of the truck to the other," he said.

"Whoever has done this even had the bloody hide to use his own tag; they just know that they're not going to get caught."

Tags are stylised signatures.

"Over the past 12 months we have had so many problems.

"I'll get to work and there will be graffiti on everything, syringes on the ground and things vandalised.

"I'm just sick of it. I'm getting to the point where I think I'm going to offer a $5000 reward to anyone who can provide information leading to the arrest and conviction of whoever is doing this.

"Someone has got to stand up and put an end to it."

Mr McMullen has been a truck driver since the 1970s and is hoping to retire in a few years, but the costs of repairs after graffiti attacks are adding up.

"A new set of curtains for the trailer is going to set me back at least $7000," Mr McMullen said.

"I reckon the total damage from this latest incident was about $20,000; but it's not just the money.

"At the end of the day I just want to be able to run my business."

Inspector Mick Dempsey said police were investigating.

He said police compiled databases of graffiti tags by photographing it when it was reported to the police.

When offenders are caught their tag is matched against the database.

Insp Dempsey said police had been able to get convictions for multiple acts of vandalism this way.

 

Topics:  vandalism


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