Couple shocked and saddened by motor home attack

COAST HOSPITALITY? A couple’s experience of the East Coast has been wrecked by this vandalism attack on their motor home, an incident that is not isolated, according to Facebook posts on a private page for motor home owners. Picture supplied
Window damage.

A COUPLE travelling around the East Coast are gutted at a vandalism attack that happened when they stopped at Tokomaru Bay this week.

The attack, in which all the windows on one side of their motor home were smashed, has also upset Tokomaru Bay policeman Brian Leach.

He is confident he will catch whoever did this.

At about midday on Sunday, a retired New Zealand couple travelling around the country parked their motor home near the historic Tokomaru Bay Wharf at Waima.

They went up to the freezing works ruins to have a look around and while walking back to their motor home, they were passed by a speeding black car.

“We got the one-finger salute from both passengers of the vehicle and thought nothing of it until another car went past, came back and we were asked if we owned the motor home that was in trouble.”

All windows on the driver’s side of the vehicle had been smashed, including the wing mirror.

“At first we thought a baseball bat was used, then a crowbar and now we have found out that because of the extent of the damage it was most likely an axe.”

The cost will be well into the thousands of dollars. The couple do have insurance.

“The wing mirror (which has a heating feature for use in colder climates) alone costs $1090 to replace. We don’t know the full cost of it yet.”

The couple had travelled around the East Coast from Opotiki as part of a New Zealand-wide tour.

The motor home is their home.

“We have lived in it since May last year. We were warned that we might have issues in Northland and on the East Coast, but had had no issues until we came here.”

Incident not isolated

The incident does not seem to be an isolated one.

“Since it has happened it has been interesting the stories coming out. One motor home owner, who stopped at the wharf another time, ended up with flat tyres on one side of the home and found tacks had been placed in all the tyres.”

Apart from the shock, inconvenience and cost, the sad part of the incident was that people might be put off coming this way.

The pair posted about the incident on a private Facebook page for motor home owners.

“So far there are 133 comments. Many of them have had issues or concerns in this part of New Zealand. That part is so bad and so sad.

“From our point of view, we are not wealthy.

The motor home might look flash but it is our home, and we are trying see New Zealand as it is.”

On the other hand, the couple have seen the other side of the East Coast since the incident.

“People have been extremely friendly and generous since we have come to Gisborne,” they said.

“We have certainly been shown that side of the East Coast, too.”

The couple will be in Gisborne for a couple more days while parts for their motor home arrive.

Senior Constable Leach said he was sure the offenders were not local.

“This sort of thing does not happen in Tokomaru Bay. I have got a good lead — a good description of the vehicle and the people in it.

“These are small towns up here. Word gets out. People start talking.”

He is interested to hear from anyone who can help with information. call Gisborne police or call Crimestoppers 0800-555-111 anonymously.

A COUPLE travelling around the East Coast are gutted at a vandalism attack that happened when they stopped at Tokomaru Bay this week.

The attack, in which all the windows on one side of their motor home were smashed, has also upset Tokomaru Bay policeman Brian Leach.

He is confident he will catch whoever did this.

At about midday on Sunday, a retired New Zealand couple travelling around the country parked their motor home near the historic Tokomaru Bay Wharf at Waima.

They went up to the freezing works ruins to have a look around and while walking back to their motor home, they were passed by a speeding black car.

“We got the one-finger salute from both passengers of the vehicle and thought nothing of it until another car went past, came back and we were asked if we owned the motor home that was in trouble.”

All windows on the driver’s side of the vehicle had been smashed, including the wing mirror.

“At first we thought a baseball bat was used, then a crowbar and now we have found out that because of the extent of the damage it was most likely an axe.”

The cost will be well into the thousands of dollars. The couple do have insurance.

“The wing mirror (which has a heating feature for use in colder climates) alone costs $1090 to replace. We don’t know the full cost of it yet.”

The couple had travelled around the East Coast from Opotiki as part of a New Zealand-wide tour.

The motor home is their home.

“We have lived in it since May last year. We were warned that we might have issues in Northland and on the East Coast, but had had no issues until we came here.”

Incident not isolated

The incident does not seem to be an isolated one.

“Since it has happened it has been interesting the stories coming out. One motor home owner, who stopped at the wharf another time, ended up with flat tyres on one side of the home and found tacks had been placed in all the tyres.”

Apart from the shock, inconvenience and cost, the sad part of the incident was that people might be put off coming this way.

The pair posted about the incident on a private Facebook page for motor home owners.

“So far there are 133 comments. Many of them have had issues or concerns in this part of New Zealand. That part is so bad and so sad.

“From our point of view, we are not wealthy.

The motor home might look flash but it is our home, and we are trying see New Zealand as it is.”

On the other hand, the couple have seen the other side of the East Coast since the incident.

“People have been extremely friendly and generous since we have come to Gisborne,” they said.

“We have certainly been shown that side of the East Coast, too.”

The couple will be in Gisborne for a couple more days while parts for their motor home arrive.

Senior Constable Leach said he was sure the offenders were not local.

“This sort of thing does not happen in Tokomaru Bay. I have got a good lead — a good description of the vehicle and the people in it.

“These are small towns up here. Word gets out. People start talking.”

He is interested to hear from anyone who can help with information. call Gisborne police or call Crimestoppers 0800-555-111 anonymously.

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