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Council urges caution after tacks found in Edinburgh Gardens

4 January 2015

Council is urging people visiting Edinburgh Gardens in North Fitzroy to be extra careful following the discovery of wire tacks in the park.

Council became aware of the issue after a park user reported finding two tacks in grass.

Council parks crews have since searched the gardens both manually and using a high powered magnet sweeper, finding in excess of 800 wire tacks the size of a 10-cent piece with multiple spikes. (see photo)

The issue has been reported to Victoria Police.

Yarra Mayor Cr Phillip Vlahogiannis said the spread of tacks in Edinburgh Gardens was a senseless criminal act intended to cause injury.

“We are working closely with Police to help them find whoever is responsible for this malicious and cowardly act,” he said.

“Council is also doing everything it can to locate and remove the tacks.  Our parks crews have been working through the extreme heat of the past few days searching the gardens both manually and using a high powered magnet sweeper.

“Our crews will be back at the gardens tomorrow to continue sweeping.”

“In the meantime we strongly advise people who are walking, jogging, enjoying the playground with their children and exercising pets to be extra careful. Cyclists and people using wheelchairs and motorised scooter also need to be aware that some tacks have may have ended up on the paths.”

Council is urging the community to report any suspicious behaviour or information about who might have done this to Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

Park users who find any tacks are asked to report the specific location to Council by calling 9205 5555.

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Council has erected signs at the entrances to the Gardens as well as at toilet blocks and on rubbish bins to alert park users to the presence of the tacks.

It will also write to local households around the park advising them of the issue.

The community can stay informed via Council’s website.

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Further Information:
Brooke Colbert
Acting Coordinator - Communications
0409 267 439 



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