'Disgusting': Eurydice Dixon Memorial Vandalised With 'Offensive' Material
Police say offensive drawings were found beside the memorial.
What you need to know
- The memorial for Melbourne comedian Eurydice Dixon has been vandalised
- An offensive drawing was found close to her memorial on Monday morning
- Thousands are expected to attend memorial vigils for the murdered comedian
A public memorial for Melbourne comedian Eurydice Dixon has been vandalised.
Police say some offensive drawings were found on the memorial in Princes Park, where a vigil for the 22-year-old will be held on Monday evening.
Under the cover of night, vandals used white paint to create an image dozens of meters in length beside the growing floral tributes left at the park to remember Dixon.
Police found the drawings during a routine patrol of the park at about 4am on Monday.
The act has angered the community already mourning the brutal death of the young woman and Victoria Police are now searching for the vandal.
"We have lots of CCTV in the area so we're hoping that we'll be able ... catch the person," Victoria Police Chief Commissioner Graham Ashton told ABC News Breakfast.
"We have had plenty of patrols in the park during the night so we're hopeful that we'll be able to identify from talking to people what might have happened."
Assistant Commissioner Stephen Leane said some items, which were left at the scene, have been seized for evidence.
Police met with the Melbourne Lord Mayor on Monday to discuss security in the city after dark. The parties discussed CCTV security, more lighting in public areas and increasing police presence. Leane said police would conduct a public safety assessment in Princes Park specifically in coming weeks to determine how the area can be better protected.
Melbourne Lord Mayor Sally Capp told a media conference "Melbourne is a safe city".
"I believe we're doing everything we can to make it safer. We all know random acts of extreme violence are difficult to predict but one of the aspects from this morning I'm very pleased about is the existing investment in CCTV and what is going to be increased investment in CCTV, both in terms of number of cameras and the capability of these cameras," she said.
Leane said parks were being more used in Melbourne, with more people living in apartments and using common public spaces due to not having their own yards. He said the safety assessment would look at the hours the park is commonly used, or altering the park's opening and closing hours.
Thousands of people are expected to attend vigils in parks across the country after Dixon's body was found on Wednesday.
More than 10,000 have said they are attending the memorial in Princes Park memorial on Facebook. Vigils have also been organised in Sydney, Adelaide, Perth and Hobart.
Regional centres of Geelong, Ballarat, Bendigo, Albury-Wodonga and Castlemaine, as well as Devonport and Launceston in Tasmania will also hold memorial services.