Centre broken into for fourth time
THE Tweed Heads Baptist Community Centre has been broken into for the fourth time in 12 months.
Committee member Bill Parr was confronted by a mess on Friday morning when he arrived to open the centre.
“I just went in to open up and the flags that we usually put outside were on the floor; then I noticed everything had been strewn around,” Mr Parr said.
“The cash register was thrown on the floor, completely wrecked.”
The break and enter occurred between 9pm Thursday and 8.15am Friday.
Police arrived at the scene shortly after receiving Mr Parr's call but have not yet identified any suspects.
“I rang headquarters, explained the whole thing and by the time I hung up the officers from Tweed were there,” Mr Parr said.
“I was amazed by their response.”
Mr Parr believed the same people may be targeting the church.
“This is the fourth time it has happened this year,” he said.
“We don't even keep money here since the first time.
“It seems as if they're targeting the Baptist church more than anyone else.”
The centre has again had to foot the bill for replacing the broken windows and locks.
“A small community centre doesn't have the money to keep replacing windows, and all the damage inside.
“We're in the process of getting new locks for the back door that means people can only open it from the inside.
“We've just got to dodge the punches, until police can find the person responsible.”