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Vandalism strikes new Manuka Oval lights

By 16 December 2012 21

lighting vandalism

Affinity Electrical has tweeted damage to the new lighting at Manuka Oval.

If it’s a crusty old killjoy nut I look forward to seeing him hung from the light towers.

And god help them if this fouls up the PM’s XI.

We’ll keep you posted as more comes to hand.

UPDATE 17/12/12 13:23: ACT Policing have finally made a statement:

ACT Policing is investigating damage at Manuka Oval over the weekend in which power cables were cut on a newly installed light tower.

Early yesterday morning (16 December) workers at the site discovered a number of the electrical cables had been cut.

Police are urging anyone with information in relation to this incident to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000, or via the website www.act.crimestoppers.com.au

[Courtesy ACT Policing]

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21 Responses to Vandalism strikes new Manuka Oval lights
#1
buzz8195:37 pm, 16 Dec 12

I wonder which one of the near by residents who are opposed to night time sports committed this act of stupidity?

#2
Growling Ferret8:43 pm, 16 Dec 12

Its almost a shame they didn’t find the charred body of the criminal still holding the cutting implement.

#3
c_c™8:56 pm, 16 Dec 12

Could very well be vandalism, but could also be copper thieves who didn’t succeed pulling it out. Either way low lives behind this.

#4
poetix9:31 pm, 16 Dec 12

Christmas is getting to me already. I looked at the photo and thought someone had thrown fettuccine inside the metal bit.

But this is a really selfish thing to do. Is there CCTV in the area?

#5
Thumper9:35 pm, 16 Dec 12

Growling Ferret said :

Its almost a shame they didn’t find the charred body of the criminal still holding the cutting implement.

Second that.

#6
ScienceRules9:57 pm, 16 Dec 12

I may be showing my lack of technical expertise here, but I wouldn’t have the first idea of how to vandalise such a light! Seems the world has moved on without me…

#7
Comic_and_Gamer_Nerd10:00 pm, 16 Dec 12

Grade A retards.

And yeah such a shame they did not fry.

Nimby scum.

#8
Pandy10:32 pm, 16 Dec 12

All I can say is that crucifixion is to the right.

#9
Holden Caulfield11:07 pm, 16 Dec 12

Well that sucks.

#10
goggles1311:07 pm, 16 Dec 12

wtf are some people thinking when they do this sort of stuff?

#11
Panhead12:06 am, 17 Dec 12

i feel like s*** when something like this happens to a simple light or power circuit. I would neck myself if I was working on the these lights….

#12
johnboy12:15 am, 17 Dec 12

The sad thing is that in a third world country it’s an easy fix, just splice the wires and a light somewhere gets the juice.

With any sort of quality assurance they need to know which wire is powering which light. And with long warmup times I can seeing this being a painstaking and difficult process.

#13
c_c™2:37 am, 17 Dec 12

johnboy said :

The sad thing is that in a third world country it’s an easy fix, just splice the wires and a light somewhere gets the juice.

With any sort of quality assurance they need to know which wire is powering which light. And with long warmup times I can seeing this being a painstaking and difficult process.

Bet their wishing they’d hired the same security company who was monitoring that Northside worksite where the guard captured the offender.

#14
FXST018:22 am, 17 Dec 12

The stupid thing is, it’s just going to cost more now. They’ll be first in line to complain about rate rises.

The naivety of some people, I’ll cut these wires to show I’m not happy, thinking those responsible for the lights will go, ‘gee someone doesn’t want these here, better move them then’.

#15
Conan of Cooma8:27 am, 17 Dec 12

Someone shouldn’t have left the door open!

#16
troll-sniffer10:20 am, 17 Dec 12

johnboy said :

The sad thing is that in a third world country it’s an easy fix, just splice the wires and a light somewhere gets the juice.

With any sort of quality assurance they need to know which wire is powering which light. And with long warmup times I can seeing this being a painstaking and difficult process.

Aw I dunno, you’re not thinking laterally maybe? One sparkie down the bottom with a two way, one up the top with a power supply. Sparkie up the top loads a wire from each lamp, sparkie down the bottom identifies the wire with the current, uses a rated connector to join the severed wire, presto!

Not at all unsafe as a stop gap until a full repair is made if done properly. No doubt some overly cautious type with only a theoreticval grasp of circuitry will not approve anything other than a full rewire.

I suspect the oval will be perfectly well enough lit with three towers in operation if it came down to it.

#17
johnboy1:24 pm, 17 Dec 12

Police statement now added.

#18
Panhead2:54 pm, 17 Dec 12

troll-sniffer said :

johnboy said :

The sad thing is that in a third world country it’s an easy fix, just splice the wires and a light somewhere gets the juice.

With any sort of quality assurance they need to know which wire is powering which light. And with long warmup times I can seeing this being a painstaking and difficult process.

Aw I dunno, you’re not thinking laterally maybe? One sparkie down the bottom with a two way, one up the top with a power supply. Sparkie up the top loads a wire from each lamp, sparkie down the bottom identifies the wire with the current, uses a rated connector to join the severed wire, presto!

Not at all unsafe as a stop gap until a full repair is made if done properly. No doubt some overly cautious type with only a theoreticval grasp of circuitry will not approve anything other than a full rewire.

I suspect the oval will be perfectly well enough lit with three towers in operation if it came down to it.

Nothing a few bps cant fix.

How ever it wont be that easy.

#19
pptvb3:55 pm, 17 Dec 12

Growling Ferret said :

Its almost a shame they didn’t find the charred body of the criminal still holding the cutting implement.

Doubtful, they appear to be control cables, not power.

#20
pptvb3:55 pm, 17 Dec 12

It just looks like Affinity’s usual standard of work.

#21
aydee1:45 pm, 18 Dec 12

The worst part is, if there had been power on those cables and the person killed doing this sabotage, the site would be shut down for AGES and an industrial manslaughter case would probably go ahead.

I would call it Darwinism in action though. Who cuts through power cables and expect nothing will happen.

Would be painful to sort this lot out. A days lost work. I hope we can find the perp and it would be nice if we could pass the bill onto that individual(s).

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