Clubs hit by new breed of bandits!

By KUE DAVIS

CLUBS along the Coffs Coast are repeatedly falling victim to malicious vandals and thieves.

More than 10 establishments from Mylestom to Woolgoolga have been repeatedly targeted since September, with more than half a dozen being hit in the past fornight.

Ranging from armed robberies to break and enters and malicious damage, the continuous incidences have left a lasting effect on small country clubs.

The Coffs Harbour Deep Sea Fishing Club was victim to an armed robbery in November of last year, with secretary/manager, Malcolm Devine, pointing out the effects of their armed robbery were not so much monetary but emotional.

"We obviously now have carried out a full review of our security procedures, and are very mindful of security procedures. Knowing there is an increase in break-ins, we are also constantly monitoring those procedures."

Sawtell Golf Club has been a victim to various break and enters, and newly appointed manager, Shane Bennett, said the attacks are crippling the club.

"At this point, it is one of the most serious concerns of the club the club has spent a huge amount of money on security measures and, quite frankly, it's crippling the club."

Coffs/Clarence crime manager inspector Cameron Lindsay said investigations into the incidences are continuing.

"Obviously it is a concern for police when commercial and licensed presmises are being broken into. We're appealing to members of the public to come forward with any information they may have, no matter how insignificant they may think it is," he said.!

n If you have any information, contact the Coffs Harbour Police on 6652 0299 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

The Statistics Clubs hit by thieves and vandals since September:! n Park Beach Bowling Club September, 2007! n Sawtell Bowling Club September, 2007! n Coffs Harbour Deep Sea Fishing Club November, 2007! n Coffs Harbour Leagues Club December, 2007! n Sawtell Golf Club December, 2007! n Sawtell Surf Club January, 2008! n Coffs Harbour Bowling Club January, 2008! n Coffs Catholic Club January, 2008! n Coffs Ex-Services Club January, 2008! n North Beach recreation and Bowling Club, January 2008! n Woolgoolga RSL Club January, 2008



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