Police seeking fruit hooligans

By DARRYN NUFER

POLICE are hunting thrillseekers who are driving around Rock- hampton randomly propelling exotic fruit through car windows.

Robyn Woods is one of the victims. Yesterday, instead of going shopping for new shoes for her young son, the mother of four was forking out just over $200 for a secondhand rear windscreen.

She was about to take the kids to school when she found shat- tered glass throughout the interior of her Toyota LiteAce wagon, the remnants of a hard-shelled fruit, and what could only be described as a foul smell.

The vehicle had been parked outside her Upper Dawson Road home.

"I was furious, actually; outright furious,'' she said.

"We've only been in Rocky 12 months, seven months here, and we know we haven't made any enemies.''

Mrs Woods said she had heard "a loud bang'' during the night "but you hear noises all the time and you don't think anything of it.''

The car could not be driven so the children could not get to school.

Rockhampton Police Senior Constable Bruce Farquhar said similar attacks had occurred at the Lion Creek Road and Richardson Road areas during the past two nights.

Wagons had been targeted."We don't know exactly how they (vandals) are doing it,'' he said.

Police called upon the services of the city council's di- rector of parks and recreation, Tom Wyatt, to identify the fruit, which were most likely from the calabash and cer- bera trees.

"They're fairly unusual trees ? we've got them up at the zoo,'' Mr Wyatt said.

The calabash fruit is rockmelon size and the cerbera cricket ball size.

Both have very hard shells.Anyone with information should contact Rockhampton police on 4932 1500.



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