Vandals go on graffiti spraying spree in Tambellup

Michael TraillAlbany Advertiser

Tambellup police have been left disappointed and frustrated after the town was vandalised by a wave of graffiti over the weekend.

Expletives and what appear to be “tags” were left on buildings and playgrounds across the town.

Diprose Park, Tambellup Primary School, the old train station and a number of toilet blocks were also hit.

“It’s very disappointing,” Sgt Humble said.

“We’re working to engage these families and these kids.

“This community does a fair bit for these kids, particularly the school, and for them to go and do this to the school is really disappointing.

“It’s completely out of line and unnecessary ... they think they’re entitled to go and do these things. I’m really quite frustrated.”

Sgt Humble said it was ratepayers who would foot the bill.

“The Shire has already re-painted the ablution block and the train station — that costs a fair bit of money and time that they could otherwise utilise elsewhere,” he said.

“It’s a burden on the community. It’s really quite ordinary. It would be nice to get them down to these locations, to help clean it off.

“Whether that’s a possibility or not, I don’t know.”

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A 14-year-old boy has since been arrested and charged, while Sgt Humble said Tambellup police had identified several other suspects.

Facebook users expressed disgust at the barrage of graffiti that had hit the town.

“Would not think it was kids from their own town, outsiders perhaps,” Marlene Ross wrote on the Great Southern District — WA Police Force Facebook page.

“If however if it is proven that it is locals, make the punishment harsh, clean up all graffiti and any other rubbish about town.”

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