Damaging digger joyride in Rolleston

21:45, Jan 29 2014

Vandals who jump-started a digger and took it for a joyride in Rolleston were kind enough to park it where they found it - but not before they had driven through newly landscaped gardens and signage. 

Sergeant Dan Harker, of Rolleston police, said the damage at the Selwyn District Council-owned IZone business hub was discovered this morning. 

While the damage caused was unlikely to be a huge cost to fix, the vandals' actions were "senseless", Harker said. 

"These guys have just mowed over these plants. It's senseless vandalism."

The signage was also new, he said. 

Harker expected the culprits would be young. 

Vandalism was a prevalent problem at new developments cropping up in Canterbury. This incident was another example of why developers and contractors needed to take security precautions such as locking up equipment and diesel and employing security guards, he said. 

"It's so preventable."

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