The Parkhurst Tavern will now be protected in person after raids on successive nights.
The Parkhurst Tavern will now be protected in person after raids on successive nights. Adrian Taylor Rokbreak

Juvenile gang hits pub twice

SECURITY guards will keep watch at the Parkhurst Tavern tonight after the pub was raided on successive nights by juveniles desperate for a hit of hooch.

Manager Fiona Cullen said the Tavern had called in guards after two break-ins had caused at least $1200 worth of damage.

"I was called out at 1am on Monday and about 3.30 on Tuesday morning. A gang of up to 30 smashed glass to get in and they sprayed black paint over the security camera," she said.

In the first raid all that was taken was a six-pack of beer. Yesterday the burglars went into the bottle shop and took a few bottles of rum and bourbon.

But the cost of the booze is insignificant compared to that of repairing the damage they left behind.

"All Hours Glass is fantastic but the two panes of glass that were smashed have cost us $1200. We can't stand that night after night. We will have a security guard on now."

Police responded when a security monitoring company reported multiple intruder alarms at the Tavern.

Senior Sergeant Ben Carroll said cordons were set up and tracker dogs were employed. The dogs found one 15-year-old high on paint who was arrested and was yesterday helping police with their inquiries.

"Hopefully he will name names and some of the others will be caught and punished as well," said Ms Cullen.

"I would like to see the parents punished. What are school-age kids doing out at 3am. Do the parents even care?"



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