Five decorative lights smashed overnight Saturday
© Darrell Cole - The Amherst News
Vandals smashed five decorative lights in Victoria Square overnight Saturday.
AMHERST – Several hundred dollars in damage was caused when vandals smashed five lights in Victoria Square overnight Saturday.
It's the latest bit of vandalism to hit the square in recent months.
"It appears as though someone walked by them and simply smashed them," town CAO Greg Herrett said. "It's probably going to cost several hundred dollars to repair them and we're looking into finding a supplier who can provide a cover that won't break so easily."
The town refurbished Victoria Square several years ago as part of its Centre First Downtown Action Strategy. The renovations included a new concrete pad around the cenotaph, a new bandstand and stage area as well as a new sound system and lighting.
Herrett said the town has received reports of people loitering around the bandstand, trying to gain access to its electrical panel. He said there have also been reports of people kicking the cement pillars that bear the names of the town's four Fathers of Confederation.
"The message we want to get out is simple. If you see something suspicious or someone causing damage call the police," Herrett said. "The square is a community gathering place and place for community celebrations. Hopefully the actions of a few won't make a difference in that."
Anyone with information on the vandlism is asked to call the Amherst Police Department at 667-8600.