Assault leads to shrine vandal

Vandals have again attacked Colac's Shrine of Remembranc

AN assault of a Colac man has led police to arrest a teen who allegedly vandalised the city’s iconic Shrine of Remembrance two days earlier.

Colac police arrested and charged two under-age youths and two 18-year-old Colac residents after a “serious assault” at Memorial Square put a 35-year-old man in hospital.

Sergeant Dan Willsmore of Colac said police also charged one of the 18-year-olds with allegedly carving graffiti into the front of the square’s Shrine of Remembrance.

Colac RSL president Reg O’Reilly said he was disappointed with the latest case of shrine vandalism.

Colac police charged three people for spray painting offensive graffiti on the shrine in September.

“I’m not very happy about it,” Mr O’Reilly said.

Sgt Willsmore said a teen allegedly punched the 35-year-old Colac man in Saturday’s assault.

“The 35-year-old male has hit his head on the concrete, which has caused him to become unconscious for a short period of time,” he said.

Police alleged the vandalism on the Shrine of Remembrance occurred on Thursday. They are also investigating damage to a light at Memorial Square y.

Meanwhile, Colac police charged a 24-year-old Colac man with possessing and using ecstasy yesterday morning.

“He was found outside the Union Hotel and was attempting to hide the drugs upon police attendance,” Sgt Willsmore said.

“He was trying to discard deal bags containing tablets and some powder,” he said.

Police also caught a 40-year-old Colac man drink-driving at more than three times above the legal blood-alcohol limit.

Sgt Willsmore said police breathalysed the man in Scott Street, Colac, and recorded a BAC reading of 0.175.

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