Elderly Gumly woman targeted by vandals

ATTACKED: 85-year-old Gumly woman Laura Evans was left feeling hurt and helpless after vandals defaced her front fence. Picture: Laura Hardwick
ATTACKED: 85-year-old Gumly woman Laura Evans was left feeling hurt and helpless after vandals defaced her front fence. Picture: Laura Hardwick

An 85-year-old Gumly woman was left distraught after vandals defaced her front fence on Friday.

Laura Evans said she felt attacked and helpless when she discovered the graffiti that morning.

“I asked my granddaughter why they would do it to an 85-year-old lady, and my granddaughter told me it didn’t make any difference, they’d still do it anyway,” Ms Evans said. 

“They just don't care who they do it to.” 

Ms Evans is now the latest victim in a long series of vandalism incidents that have plagued Wagga this summer.

Like all who had been affected, she called on the council and police to step up and crack down on these vandals.

“Something needs to be done about it, they shouldn't be allowed to deface people's property, should they?” Ms Evans said.

“So now I'll have to clean it up, because they're not going to do it are they? And if I clean it up, they'll probably just do it again.

“It's no good – why should council provide them with a wall to do it? If they want to do this sort of thing, why don't they buy a canvas and sell it?” 

Toby Harris of Stroud Homes arrived at work last week to find the front of their office had been hit as well.

Mr Harris said their CCTV cameras revealed two men with a dog targeted their business shortly after midnight.

“I'm just dumbfounded  with the stupidity of some people, and the guys in the video don't look that young either,” he said.

“Graffiti flies under the radar because it's easier to just go out and clean it and get over it, but it just makes Wagga look like a dump.” 

Member for Wagga Daryl Maguire said the lack of reporting was the problem, and that the community needed to start speaking up when they witnessed or fell victim to acts of vandalism.

“If people are willing to drive past and witness some little dropkick vandalising a property and not report it, not call the police, then the standard you walk past is the standard you accept,” Mr Maguire said.

“Surely to goodness, people see these vandals attacking buildings with spray cans at all hours of the day and night – why are they unseen? 

“So the message in all that is this: citizens, pick up your phone and call the police if this is happening – report it.”

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