Local church latest victim in Gunnedah vandalism spree

HEARTLESS ACT: The damage caused by vandals at the Gunnedah Turning Point Church. Photo: Supplied

HEARTLESS ACT: The damage caused by vandals at the Gunnedah Turning Point Church. Photo: Supplied

Gunnedah police are investigating a case of vandalism at the Turningpoint Church on South Street.

The incident occurred in the early hours of Monday morning as vandals punched a hole in a wall adjacent to the church’s front door and attempted to gain access to the premises. 

Sergeant Mark Benson from Gunnedah police said investigations into the vandalism are continuing.

“We are still making inquiries,” Sergeant Benson said.

“At this stage we are still investigating as to whether these vandalism cases are related.”

Sergeant Benson described the vandalism as “mindless”.

“This is just mindless vandalism,” he said.

“We will obtain as much CCTV footage as we can and as much evidence as we can and hopefully find whoever is doing this.”

Neville Mammen from Gunnedah’s Turningpoint Church said discovering the incident was unpleasant.

“It not a pleasant thing to deal with,” Mr Mammen said.

“In my opinion whoever did this was trying to break in by punching a hole in the wall.

“I guess they may have been after some petty cash or something I’m not too sure.”

Mr Mammen said the incident would not deter the church from being a positive influence on the community.

“It’s a bit of a slap in the face but we wont let it stop us,” he said.

“It doesn’t stop us from being a benefit to the community.

“We are all about positive influence and hopefully that can continue to flow through the community.”

Anyone with information regarding the vandalism should contact the Gunnedah police on 6742 9099 or Crime Stoppers 1800 333 000.