Caravan cafe targeted by vandals

Last updated 12:46 29/03/2014
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DISHEARTENED: Megan Aiken, owner of the WooHoo cafe, with one of the rocks that smashed through the windows.

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Busted pot plants, chunks of concrete and shattered glass greeted Cafe WooHoo owner Megan Aiken when she arrived to open up this morning. 

Just before dawn, vandals came into the Gap Filler Pallet Pavilion and smashed up the little caravan cafe. 

This was the third time WooHoo had been hit, the latest attack coming only a week before the pavilion is due to close for good. 

‘‘There was glass and dirt everywhere,’’ she said. ‘‘I just feel really really sad that people can come and make trouble and work for someone like this.’’ 

Four windows on the caravan were smashed by rocks and pot plants sitting nearby had been tossed inside, spraying dirt everywhere. 

‘‘It’s hard coming in to this, then having start a work day when there’s mess everywhere,’’ Aiken said. 

The cafe was run by volunteers and was a community information centre for the pavilion. 

‘‘It’s hard when we’re just trying to do something kind and make the city more fun.’’ 

While the pavilion has someone on site 24-7, Aiken said the vandals had struck between the guard’s half-hourly rounds. 

The guard, a Maori Warden, had been in the toilet at the time. 

Aiken said there had been two previous incidents, both of which were thefts. Aiken said the caravan was not insured for damage, and fixing the windows would be expensive. 

Nothing was stolen this time.

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