Graffiti vandals deface academy
By LEONIE BRANN
STUDENTS and staff at Tweed Heads Martial Arts Academy were on a high after winning a world title last weekend, but are now feeling low because vandals have tagged their premises at South Tweed Heads.
"We were on a high after the event at the weekend," owner and instructor at the dojo, Grant Ratcliffe, said.
Tweed Heads Martial Arts Academy was named world champion dojo of the International Sports Karate Association, after defeating other dojos from across Australia at a tournament held in Carrara last weekend, Mr Ratcliffe explained.
"We came home as the world champions after winning the most points, and our students came back with 60 trophies.
"It makes me angry that whoever did this has such little respect for other people's property.
"I guess we are just lucky that they didn't write obscenities, because that would have affected our young students," he added.
The vandals attacked the property in Enterprise Drive, some time between 9pm Monday night and Tuesday morn- ing.
Vandals used blue and white spray paint to tag the name 'Tunnit' onto the industrial building that is home to the dojo, as well as its neighbouring business ASC Im- provements, causing more than $5000 worth of damage, according to Tweed Police.
Owner of ASC Improvements Tony Foster only moved into the industrial unit at Enterprise Park at the start of April.
"I had a business for 12 years in Machinery Drive (South Tweed Heads) and I have never had this problem before," he said.