Raging vandal ravages Paparoa Hall

A vandal took the time to smash each of the windows in the secondary wooden doors of the Paparoa Hall.

Thousands of dollars’ worth of damage was done to the Paparoa Hall during Labour Weekend in what residents suspect was a drug fuelled rage.

Hall committee member Robyn Skelton says it appears to have been purely an act of vandalism rather than theft.

She says the main glass doors have been completely shattered and all of the windows have been smashed.

The vandal left bloody fingerprints in the hall and it is hoped that police will be able to make use of them to track the offender down.

Senior Sergeant Shane Pilmer has confirmed that ongoing enquiries will include a forensic analysis of the scene.

The vandal was discovered at 11pm on Saturday night by a local resident who heard the sound of glass breaking and went to investigate.

As the resident approached the Hall, they may have frightened the vandal as a man was seen fleeing from the scene.

Robyn says it is unknown whether the vandal was acting alone or with an accomplice.

She says the hall was also vandalised two months ago when a young male pulled down hanging plants and broke a window.

The damage to the hall will cost into the thousands to repair and the committee is inviting anyone who would like to contribute to donate to Paparoa Hall Committee, BNZ 020484 0105705 00, reference ‘Vandalism Paparoa Hall’.

Anyone with information on the vandalism should contact police on 105.

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