Vandals wrecked this Telstra phone box in Michael Place in Leongatha last Tuesday night and continued on smashing a window and a fence further down the street. m055216

In what appears to be a direct challenge to police, the vandals picked up a pit cover in Michael Place and threw it through the fence at the rear of the Leongatha Police Station. M065216

LEONGATHA was again the target of vandalism in the past week when one or a number of people caused hundreds of dollars’ worth of damage in the town’s central business district.
The brazen offenders even went as far as removing a metal pit cover from the footpath in Michael Place, next to the Leongatha RSL Club, and throwing it through of the fence at the rear of the police station.
Only this time, police conceded they may have a strong lead on the people responsible after viewing CCTV footage near the scene.
“The incident happened at about 10.45pm on Tuesday night (December 20) and we’d like to hear from anyone who might have seen something in either McCartin Street or Michael Place around that time,” said Senior Constable Rohan Michael.
“They’ve started in McCartin Street where they’ve pulled the 50km/h sign out of the ground and then they’ve walked up Michael Place damaging property with it.
“They’ve smashed the phone box outside the post office, damaged fences, removed a manhole cover and they’ve also broken the window at the South Gippsland Liberty Fellowship Church in Michael Place.”
S/C Michael said police had viewed the CCTV footage and were continuing with their investigations.
Asked if the latest incident of vandalism was connected with other damage in recent weeks, including when a number of shire-owned trees were damaged in Trease Street and Peart Street, S/C Michael said he didn’t believe so.
“Look, we’re continuing with our investigations and we would hope to get a result,” he said.
If you have any information call Leongatha police on 5662 2285 or report anonymously to Crimestoppers on 1800 333 000.