Fraser still pushing for more cops
THE vandalism attacks at Park Beach and the Jetty demonstrate the need for more police, says Andrew Fraser.
The member for Coffs Harbour said he was horrified at the spate of destruction early on Sunday when as many as 12 vehicles were trashed by a mob of up to six young men.
The police Target Action Group was on the trail of the culprits and Mr Fraser described the rampage as ‘senseless and beyond belief’.
“I certainly hope police investigations will result in the apprehension of this group of perpetrators and the courts impose very stiff penalties,” Mr Fraser said.
“The community needs to send a very clear message to these people that such wanton acts of vandalism will not be tolerated.
“This mindless vandalism also demonstrates the urgent need for more police to be allocated to the Coffs/Clarence patrol. If we had more police we would have the ability to conduct more patrols.”
Mr Fraser said Coffs Harbour had one of the highest incidents of vandalism and lawlessness in the State but police staffing meant current rosters had not been filled.
“Even with the increased police numbers announced by the Government earlier this month will only plug gaps – it will not increase the level of policing.
“The Government needs to rectify this situation immediately.
“It was only seven weeks ago that I convened a public meeting, which was attended by around 300 people, where positive discussion took place to find solutions to the then anti-social behaviour in the area.
“As a result of this meeting the Park Beach Community Group (PBCG) and the Park Beach Neighbourhood Watch were established with a view to promoting all that is good about the Park Beach area.
“My congratulations go to Ms Jenny Grant who was instrumental in the establishment of these groups and who has been working very hard to positively promote the area.
“It is extremely unfortunate that a small group of hoons have gone on a rampage, causing thousands of dollars worth of damage.
“The police need our support in catching these perpetrators and I urge anyone with any information to contact the police either through Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or the Police Assistance Line 131 444.”