Home' Phillip Island and San Remo Advertiser : February 1, 2017 Contents GRAFFITI vandals on a spree in the early
hours of last Wednesday morning have caused
many thousands of dollars in damage to busi-
nesses in Thompson Avenue, with owners up
for substantial clean-up costs.
The frontages of at least 14 premises were
badly defaced, in criminal actions that have an-
gered both police and property owners.
Bass Coast Shire councillor Stephen Fullar-
ton wants those allegedly responsible to be re-
quired to pay in full for the damage they have
caused in Cowes, and is prepared to request
council to launch a civil suit if the courts do not
And former councillor Peter Paul wants to
know why three CCTV cameras installed by
his council back in 2010 that may have helped
identify the offenders, are not in use and have
not been maintained by the council.
The cameras, on top of the rotunda and look-
ing over the Esplanade and along Thompson
Avenue, while still in place, have not been op-
erational for a number of years.
Senior Constable Paul Wagner has appealed
this week for assistance from businesses in
Thompson Avenue with CCTV cameras in-
stalled, asking them to check any footage they
may have that could assist with police enqui-
The criminal spree came to an abrupt halt at
2.45am on Wednesday, when officers in a police
divisional van on patrol spotted fresh graffiti on
buildings, and gave chase to youths carrying
cans of spray paint.
Senior Constable Wagner apprehended a 15
year old, spray can in hand, outside Grumpy’s
mini Golf at 2.45am.
Another managed to get away.
The youth, from Melbourne, was interviewed
at the station, and police say charges will be
Businesses affected on the night include Aldi,
Telstra, Australia Post, Bass Coast Shire Coun-
cil, Woolworths, Coles, Pino’s, as well as many
Investigations are continuing to track down
and identify others involved in this incident.
The graffiti offences took place between 1am
and 3am approximately on Wednesday, Janu-
Anyone with information is asked to call
Leading Senior Constable Wagner at the Cowes
Police Station on 5952 2037.
over this incident
Police have described the senseless damage
that occurred as a criminal act, which will cost
the community many thousands of dollars to
Bass Coast Shire Council moved quickly to
remove the graffiti from the walls of its prem-
ises by 8am on the Wednesday morning.
Police have advised other affected property
owners to do likewise, as quickly as possible,
to reduce the opportunity for vandals to admire
their handiwork, which may encourage others.
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What an Australia Day long weekend it was and it all started for many people, celebrating Australia Day last Thursday. Taking part in
Australia Day activities in Cowes were neighbours Trish and Leon Sweeney, and Pat and John Hurley. For more Australia Day photos
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Colourful start to Australia Day weekend
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