Signs of vandalism in Emerald

This sign on the corner of Borilla and Burns Sts was just one of four targeted on the weekend.
This sign on the corner of Borilla and Burns Sts was just one of four targeted on the weekend. Lindsey Jackson

A FRIDAY night party on Borilla St turned ugly when revellers at the address were forced from the premises after police took action to quell the rowdy gathering.

Police received a number of complaints from concerned residents in the area about excessive noise coming from the Borilla St home.

Callers also indicated that there were a number of people walking up and down the street to and from the party.

Police attended the scene and were unable to find any persons responsible for hosting the event. With this in mind, police were forced to shut down the gathering and ask the attendees to move on.

During the process, an 18-year-old male was arrested for breaching the peace.

After the fact, a large contingent of partygoers was sent walking down Emerald streets where they allegedly set about vandalising street signs around the area.

Police later received complaints about the damage.

In the mist of Saturday morning, a total of four road signs were found to have been uprooted and left lying on their sides - three in Borilla St and one in Retro St.

Emerald officer-in-charge Senior Sergeant Graham Reeves said police will take action against anyone caught vandalising public property.

“People need to understand that public property is the property of the whole community,” Snr Sgt Reeves said.

“So people vandalising signs or any other public property are costing the ratepayers money and themselves money - out of their own pocket.

“If anyone has any knowledge of offences being committed they are asked to please contact local police or crime stoppers.”

Central Highlands Regional Council Mayor Peter Maguire labelled the acts as pointless vandalism and said such actions cause danger to motorists who drive ill-informed.

“These are community assets - we’ve all got to pay for it at the end of the day,” Cr Maguire said.

“I just don’t get the mentality that makes people act like this. It’s senseless to me, and I can’t understand it.

“Police shouldn’t be pulled out to take care of this kind of stuff. There are much more important issues they could be working on.”

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