All eyes on beach parties
BEACH parties. Love them or loathe them, you can bet they're here to stay on the Coffs Coast, and on the increase now that the warmer weather is with us. Young people deserve to have a good time, but when the usually large gatherings get out of control and disturb otherwise quiet neighbour- hoods, that's when police step in.
Residents in beachside areas made several complaints to police last weekend, with one wild night at Diggers Beach resulting in vandalism to a toilet block. Drunken behaviour and damage to public property are common problems police and residents are confronted with. "It is again timely to re- mind parents of the need for awareness, following reports
in recent times," Coffs/Clar- ence crime prevention officer, Senior Constable Brad Wheel- er, said. "Police hope that with the assistance of the community, the quiet and good order of our communities will be maintained." He said parents could help by: n confirming the whereabouts of their children and the
identity of the people they are with, n not supplying children with al- cohol if they are aged under 18. The person supplying the alcohol and the person possessing it could be liable to prosecution, n encouraging their kids to com- ply with requests and directions from police, and n being aware that beach parties occur regularly and are not ade- quately supervised. "It is apparent that these types of gatherings have the potential to cause anti-social behaviour and as such, cause a risk to our chil-
dren," Const. Wheeler said. "Police are hopeful that with a community effort in place, young people can enjoy themselves with- out interfering with other mem- bers of the community. "It is a requirement for police to report children at risk to the DoCS for follow-up." Const. Wheeler has urged resi- dents to record car number plates and contact police if there is any sign of trouble brewing. "It is anticipated that an early call to police may result in these gatherings being contained prior to anti-social behaviour," he said.