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Vandals won’t stop ‘Thrilla’

Saturday, 27th October, 2018

Heartbreaking: Manager of the local PCYC Heather Smith standing beside the damage inflicted on Thursday night.PICTURE: Callum Marshall Heartbreaking: Manager of the local PCYC Heather Smith standing beside the damage inflicted on Thursday night.PICTURE: Callum Marshall

By Callum Marshall

The PCYC was hit by vandals again on Thursday night, putting the club under pressure as it prepares for a massive night of boxing tonight.

A front counter window was smashed and glass strewn around the entryway.

“After a great youth night here, we turned up to work and saw that we’d been broken into,” said Manager Heather Smith yesterday morning.

“We’ve got smashed windows, some petty-cash stolen and a bit of property damage. 

“So there’s a few windows that need to be replaced and some other electrical items.

“At this stage we’ll have to start looking into things.”

The PCYC, which the BDT recently reported had won several Out Of School Hours Care (OOSH) awards at the organisation’s state conference, was hit by a vandal last week as well.

“We actually had someone smash one of our windows last week,” said Heather. 

“I’ve been working for the PCYC for two-and-a-half years and this is our third actual break-in, other than just having a couple of windows broken.

“It’s a bit heartbreaking really.”

The break-in has left a sour note on what has otherwise been a great couple of weeks for the PCYC with several popular youth nights and training sessions taking place and everyone getting ready for tonight’s big fight between Solomon Haumono and Senior Constable Dean Shiner.

“It’s been quite a few big weeks and weekends. We’ve had a lot of stuff going on and we came into work today getting ready for the big fight tomorrow night, so we didn’t expect to be dealing with this as well,” said Heather.

“It’s gut-wrenching. We try and put a lot out there for the community and when you seem to be taking steps forward with all the kids and everyone else, something like this happens.

“So it cuts you to the core.”

If you want to help out the PCYC, make sure to come down to their big boxing match tonight between Solomon Haumono and Senior Constable Dean Shiner, otherwise known as the ‘Thrilla in the Hilla.’ The event starts at 6pm and goes until 8pm. It’s free and open to the public. 

Also, if you or someone you know has any important information regarding the incident contact the Barrier Police District at 8087 0299 or call Crimestoppers on 1800 333 000.

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