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PRESS RELEASE

Joanna Gash MP Member for Gilmore 24 February 2006

BREAK-IN SPAY, CRIME ALERT

Member for Gilmore, Joanna Gash has asked Gilmore residents to be on the lookout for forgeries bearing her signature or letterhead.

Mrs Gash said she and many businesses in the region had been the unsuspecting victims of a break-in at a South Nowra printer.

"Nowra Printing Company was broken into during the early hours of Tuesday morning," Mrs Gash said.

"The thieves made off with thousands of dollars in computer and printing equipment.

"The computers contained information needed to print our documents, including electronic images of my signature and the office letterhead."

Mrs Gash has urged anyone who may receive a suspicious letter or another document to contact her office for verification.

"We will be able to say straight away if the letter is legitimate or not, but we don't want a situation arising where something is being distributed in mine and the Australian Government's name that is a forgery," Mrs Gash said.

Mrs Gash also urged anyone with information about the crime to contact Nowra Police.

Nowra Printing Company proprietor Bill Rigney, meantime, said he is most concerned about the graphics and artwork that was on the computer.

"We are offering a reward for the return of the external hard-drive. No questions asked," Mr Rigney said.

The Member for Gilmore will attend a meeting, called by Member for South Coast Shelley Hancock, at Shoalhaven City Council on March 10 to discuss anti-social behaviour and vandalism in the Nowra CBD.

24/2/06

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