Tamworth police lay charges over playground vandalism

'DEVASTATING': Mayor Col Murray and Oxley acting Superintendent Jeff Budd inspect the damage. Photo: Jacob McArthur

'DEVASTATING': Mayor Col Murray and Oxley acting Superintendent Jeff Budd inspect the damage. Photo: Jacob McArthur

UPDATE

TWO 19-year-old males from Qurinidi have been charged over a spree of vandalism throughout Tamworth, while a 17-year-old from Westdale was taken into custody on Wednesday evening.

The first 19-year-old handed himself into officers at Tamworth police station on Tuesday evening, following a a huge outcry on social media over the damage caused.

He was charged with six offences, including three counts of malicious damage, as well as trespassing, break and enter and stealing.

A second 19-year-old was arrested at a Quirindi address and charged with the same offences, while the 17-year-old was taken into custody on Wednesday afternoon.

The charges relate to a string of incidents at the Tamworth Regional Playground, Oxley Lookout and Marsupial Park.

The man was granted conditional bail to go to Tamworth Local Court on June 19. Acting Superintendent Jeff Budd applauded the first man for handing himself in and “taking full responsibility for his actions”.

EARLIER: Charges laid over playground vandalism

A 19 YEAR-old male has been charged with a string of offences following a vandalism spree across Tamworth in the early hours of Tuesday morning.

The man handed himself in to officers at Tamworth police station last night.

He was charged with six offences, including three counts of malicious damage, as well as trespassing, break and enter and stealing.

The charges relate to a string of incidents at the Tamworth Regional Playground, Oxley Lookout and Marsupial Park.

The man was granted conditional bail to go to Tamworth Local Court on June 19.

Police are still on the hunt for two other people involved in the incidents.

Anyone with information is encouraged to come forward.

How it unfolded

ARMED with bolt-cutters and clad in balaclavas, vandals have gone on a destructive spree across Tamworth, causing damage at the Tamworth Regional Playground, the Oxley Lookout and the Marsupial Park.

Tamworth Regional Council (TRC) crews have taped off the sky-walk at the Kable Ave playground with significant damage caused to the structure.

Oxley police Acting Superintendent Jeff Budd put the call out to the offenders to hand themselves in.

PRETTY ORDINARY: Council inspect the damage on Tuesday morning. Photo: Jacob McArthur

PRETTY ORDINARY: Council inspect the damage on Tuesday morning. Photo: Jacob McArthur

“It’s a really stupid act,” he said.

“Some of these actions could result in a kid being seriously injured, perhaps even fatally injured.” Read more.

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