Police seek pool window smasher
POLICE want to speak to a man regarding one of two attacks on the Tweed Heads Indoor Pool late last week.
The Heffron Street complex, located adjacent to the Tweed Heads Skate Park, had nine windows broken over Thursday and Friday night, a Tweed Shire Council spokesman said yesterday.
“On Thursday night two windows were broken at the Tweed Heads Indoor Pool and replaced on Friday,” the spokesman said.
“On Friday night seven windows were broken near the pool entrance.
“The premises could not be secured so security guards have been hired for Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights.”
The spokesman said the windows would be replaced today, and estimated the damages to be between $5000 and $10,000.
“Council staff have yet to fully investigate the incident. This process will begin tomorrow (today).”
Tweed Heads Police Sergeant Brad Stewart said they want to speak to a man they captured on the pool’s closed-circuit television (CCTV) footage on Friday about 10.30pm.
“The man is of Aboriginal appearance and solid build, aged between 25 and 35 years,” Sgt Stewart said.
“We cannot link this person with the skate park.
“We don’t believe it was kids who caused the damage.”
Sgt Stewart said the Tweed Heads Skate Park, which was officially opened in March this year, is not a hot-spot for crime.
“There have been other incidents there but nothing to this extent of damage,” he said.
“There has been assaults reported but that’s it.”
Tweed Heads Police Sergeant Garry Jardine said large chunks of concrete were used to break the nine windows and nothing appeared to be stolen.
“Police are making some inquiries into it,” Sgt Jardine said
“There were a number of youths in the area but we don’t know if they were involved.”
Any information from members of the public or people who frequent the Tweed Heads Skate Park would assist police. Contact Tweed Heads Police Station on (07) 5536 0999 or Crime Stoppers on 1300 333 000.