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Renovated one day, vandalised the next

By Ivy Jensen

ON SATURDAY, Echuca-Moama Toy Library decorated its front window to gain more attention.

That night, it got attention — but the unwanted kind.

Vandals smashed the window, leaving glass all over the toys and carpet.

‘‘We put decorations on the window and used it as a kind of advertising board to get more attention which we got but not in the way we wanted,’’ treasurer Linda Ramsey said.

‘‘We’d just renovated the place so it was a real kick in the guts.

‘‘It’s devastating for us. Every now and then we have our back windows smashed but never the front one. It’s just disappointing.’’

Linda praised Echuca police who secured the damage with boards when officers discovered it about 4am Sunday.

‘‘The police were great. We have a glazier coming on Monday to replace the window,’’ she said.

Thanks to some special volunteers who helped clean up the damage, toy borrowing will proceed as usual today from 7.30pm to 8.30pm and again on Saturday, from 10.30am to 11.30am.

‘‘We will just have one room closed off, so there will be a few less toys,’’ Linda said.

Linda reminded the community to support the library by attending its Messy Play Day at 10am on March 30.

■Police are investigating the criminal damage and urge anyone with information about the incident to contact them on 54831500 or Crime Stoppers on 1800333000.