'Merry bloody Christmas': car windows smashed, roofs damaged in Rutherford

ยท Updated January 2 2024 - 12:49pm, first published December 26 2023 - 7:00pm
Tanya Budynek with her smashed car windscreen in Rutherford. Picture by Marina Neil
Tanya Budynek with her smashed car windscreen in Rutherford. Picture by Marina Neil

It is a Boxing Day Tanya Budynek will not forget.

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