Vandalised trucks bill to exceed $5000

IT WILL cost more than $5000 to repair mail trucks damaged by vandals in Rockhampton this week.

The city’s mail was delayed by a few hours on Thursday after thugs embarked on a wrecking spree between 6pm Wednesday and 3.40am the next day.

Australia Post’s state communication manager Simone Kurtz confirmed the price for parts needed to get all the trucks back on the roads was estimated to be more than $5000.

“We got a couple of the trucks back on the roads but we are waiting on parts from Brisbane to get the rest in working order,” Ms Kurtz said.

She said they hoped to have the other three trucks back on the roads in the next week or so.

Rockhampton’s postal manager Kerry Bickle yesterday said in her 20-years working for Australia Post, she had never seen vandalism this bad.

“It’s very disappointing things have got this bad,” Ms Bickle said in disgust.

“We take security precautions but it doesn’t seem to deter (vandals),” she said.

It’s believed the offenders had climbed a fence topped with barbed wire to get into a compound in East Street, South Rockhampton, before vandalising the trucks.

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

Anyone with information that might assist police investigations should contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.



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