Yobs smash up Gwen's bed store

IT was the call Gwen Hill had been dreading since opening her business in Yeppoon, when police phoned around 6.15am Saturday to say her store had been vandalised.

“I have expected it every night for 18 months,” Gwen said.

The owner of Beds R Us – Siesta Central said other businesses in the area had been raided and had their windows smashed in the past.

“You expect they will get you one day.”

And when Gwen turned up at her store after the call she found three large windows smashed, and broken glass on the footpath and throughout her store.

“There was glass everywhere, all over the beds and halfway into the shop.”

Because the building is heritage-listed, Gwen has to wait for glass to be cut to fit the size of the windows.

Her plans for a half-yearly clearance sale had also been wrecked, she said.

Gwen said it wasn’t the first vandalism at the store. Signs had been scratched and stink bombs had been thrown into the shop. But this was the worst.

“It’s just destructive.

“You should not have to live in fear.”

Gwen said while she tried to brighten the shop at night with interior lights it was a dark area at night time and it needed more street lighting.

“No wonder people won’t come out at night in Yeppoon, because of the stuff that goes on in the streets.”

Yeppoon Senior Sergeant Bob Barclay said police were investigating the incident and had a suspect.




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