Vandal attack disrupts Rocky mail

THE delivery of Rockhampton’s mail was delayed for several hours yesterday after thugs vandalised five Australia Post trucks.

It’s believed the offenders had climbed a fence topped with barbed wire to get into a compound in East Street, South Rockhampton, before embarking on a wrecking-spree between 6pm Wednesday and 3.40am yesterday.

The senseless damage included all exterior rear vision mirrors smashed, panel damage, windscreen wipers bent or torn off, damage to number plates as well as the emblems torn off two of the vehicles.

Australia Post’s state communication manager, Simone Kurtz, said the city’s mail deliveries were delayed but thankfully there was no serious disruption.

“We ask for the community’s patience and understanding while we work quickly to get the vans on the road again,” Ms Kurtz said.

She said it was hoped to have two of the trucks back on the road today and the rest by next week.

Staff at the post office had used other vehicles to get the mail delivered, she said.

She warned that vandalising Australia Post property such as street post boxes or the delivery vans was an offence under the Commonwealth Criminal Code and could carry penalty fines or terms of imprisonment.

“Our team at the Rockhampton Post Office is extremely disappointed and upset that this has occurred. The vandalism attack has meant that we are currently unable to use the vans for delivery until we receive particular parts so that the vans are roadworthy again.”

Officer in Charge of the Rockhampton Police Station, Senior Sergeant Mel Adams, yesterday said it was “mindless damage” that had inconvenienced the community and Australia Post.

She said while police investigations continued, the public’s help was encouraged.

“We welcome any assistance that might help police,” Senior Sergeant Adams said.

Anyone with information should contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or Rockhampton Police Station on 4932 3599.

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