War memorial damaged

Harm done: Mortlake’s War Memorial barricade sustained significant damage following an alleged hit-and-run involving a large vehicle this week.

Harm done: Mortlake’s War Memorial barricade sustained significant damage
following an alleged hit-and-run involving a large vehicle this week.

MORTLAKE’S War Memorial barricade came off second best following an alleged hit-and-run earlier this week.

The damage was discovered Tuesday morning with the incident believed to have occurred Monday night.

Mortlake Police Sergeant Matthew Laxton said the treads made in the ground near the damage indicated the offending vehicle was a large vehicle.

The offending vehicle has knocked over the concrete pillar and bent the metal fencing of one of the memorial’s corners.

Mortlake Returned and Services League (RSL) president Merv Hampson said the incident was “very disappointing”.

Mr Hampson said it was the second occasion a vehicle had collided with the memorial in the last two years.

Moyne Shire Council communications officer Timothy Marshall said the incident was reported on Tuesday morning.

Mr Marshall said the council would be required to repair the damage.

However, he said council had made “no massive plans” yet to fix the memorial.

Sgt Laxton said the police did not investigate hit and run incidents of this nature, but were disheartened by the actions of the driver.

“Police are pretty disappointed that the offending driver did not stop, due to the historical significance of the memorial and cost to the community,” Sgt Laxton said.

If you have knowledge or information relating to the incident, contact Mortlake Police on 5599 2501.

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