Vandals hit Belmont Park

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A police investigation is underway over what appears to be either misplaced horse racing activism or foolish hooliganism in an overnight damage spree at Belmont Park.

On the eve of the Melbourne Cup at Flemington – and a major race day at Ascot – Perth Racing officials were left wondering why the club’s other metropolitan course at Belmont was the target of damage.

It is understood vandals busted through the Belmont gates at 4.45am, causing significant damage. The alleged offenders then entered a shed and removed a ride-on lawnmower and a tractor, which are both used for race course maintenance.

Tractor that was stolen and damaged Belmont Race Course
                                                                     The tractor which was damaged by vandals at Belmont Park. Credit: Andrew Ritchie/The West Australian
“They then caused damage to equipment, various sheds and fencing,” a police spokeswoman said.

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