RSA plans vigils to nab taggers

JOELLE DALLY
Last updated 05:00 08/12/2012

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Christchurch war veterans are planning night-time stake-outs in a bid to catch those responsible for tagging the New Brighton Cenotaph.

New Brighton Returned Services Association (RSA) president Roger Kenworthy said there had been "a lot of feeling going around" since the tags were found on the cenotaph this week.

He had fielded calls from RSAs across the country, expressing their "outrage".

"They're backing us up, wishing us all the best, After they express their anger," he said.

Kenworthy said RSA members had discussed keeping watch over the cenotaph from their cars in the evenings.

"We will just take turns," he said.

"We might set traps for these fellas. God help them if they catch them."

Police could not be reached yesterday but earlier said defacing the cenotaph was taggers "reaching new lows".

The veterans will meet on December 16 to discuss their plans.

Even more desecration in the city came to light yesterday, with a Buddhist temple on Riccarton Rd the latest target.

International Buddhist Association volunteer James Low said the temple had been tagged "a couple of times" and they were "not happy about it".

"You should not attack someone's religious building.

"It is unpleasant."

Anyone with information about those responsible for the tagging should contact the police: Ph 03 363 7400.

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