Rocks pelted at MP's office

Robbie Katter's office vandalised


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Rocks were pelted at a politician's office and two other businesses in Mount Isa.

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The front window was smashed.

The front window was smashed.

ROCKS were pelted at a politician's office and two other businesses after a man went on a destructive rampage in Mount Isa overnight.

The attack caused about $25,000 in damage to Traeger MP Robbie Katter's office alone, with windows and security screens smashed and holes left in walls.

Mr Katter lashed out at the state government for its inaction on rising crime rates across the north, following the vandalism spree.

He said dozens of rocks had been hurled through his office window, through a subsequent security screen and into plaster throughout the office.

A camping shop next to the local police station was also targeted, as was another business.

Damage inside the office.

Damage inside the office.

Mr Katter said property crime, which was becoming relentless and increasingly violent, was a huge concern in his electorate and across North Queensland.

"This sort of crime has been running rampant for a long time in Mount Isa and in the Gulf in places like Normanton and people are fed up," he said.

"The crime in places like Townsville and Cairns, and also out west, is just constantly overlooked.

"No one was hurt last night, and the damage is already being repaired, but this incident has been a wake-up call to me as a state MP that something needs to be done.

"In this area we have a huge influx of people from the Territory, kids just running rampant around the town and these people just don't respect the law at all.

Rocks that were thrown.

Rocks that were thrown.

"There are huge social problems and I, for one, am committing to getting onto the various social programs that are being run around town and try and jerk them into gear to make sure they are doing their jobs.

"I am also going to ensure I raise this as a matter of priority with the Minister for Police and see what action has been, and needs to be delivered."

A 28-year-old Mount Isa man was charged with three counts of willful damage and obstructing police over the incident and will face court on April 8.

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