Locals react to skatepark hoons
IN LIGHT of Saturday's assault against a truck driver, more community groups have come forward expressing their concern over the behaviour of local youths at Toormina skatepark.
Members of the Sawtell Football Club contacted The Advocate yesterday to go public with a spate of recent incidents where players and officials have been targeted by ‘unruly youths' behaving badly at the skate park.
“On one occasion these kids have crept up behind a linesman and tried to set on fire the flag he was holding behind his back,” one soccer club member said.
“We have also had players pelted with rocks causing referees to stop the game.
“The rocks were thrown by kids at the skatepark, then about two weeks ago someone broke into our canteen after forcing their way between the bars, which made us believe it was local kids.
“Once inside the culprits have used scissors to puncture every soccer ball they could find.
“Whether it's the kids using the park or just hangers-on remains to be proven but these low lifes have nothing better to do than to target the kids that play sport.
“It's time something is done, an approach needs to be made to address this issue involving police, parents, the community, council and kids at the skate park,” another member said.
The wife of a Coffs Harbour truck driver also weighed into the debate, saying her husband has also been pelted by projectiles while offloading goods at Centro Toormina.
“He used to do the run and during that time his truck was hit by eggs, water bombs and even rocks near the Toormina Skate Park.
“There is an element of hoonism, particularly near that skate park and truckies are caught in the cross fire.”
“They get so stressed by the pressures of the job, that I can see why that truck driver got out and confronted the kids about the incident on Saturday,” she said.