Getaway: Police collar a suspect after a chase through the problem laneway.
Getaway: Police collar a suspect after a chase through the problem laneway.

Six-foot fence blocks escape route

A PROBLEM alleyway used as a getaway by troublemakers in Park Beach is now effectively a dead end.

Coffs Harbour Council has erected a six foot high timber fence blocking off the thoroughfare linking Prince and Boultwood streets with Ocean Parade.

The move was based on a recommendation from local police.

“It has been an easy escape route and has been a concern for the neighbouring residents,” Coffs Clarence Area Command Crime Prevention Officer, Senior Constable Kehani Smith said.

Member for Coffs Harbour Andrew Fraser also inspected the alleyway prior to calling a law and order meeting in the suburb in October.

He did so after youths went on a graffiti spree using the laneway to tag countless buildings, motels, fences and houses with spray paint.

Residents living in nearby town houses off Prince Street have welcomed the improvement.

A young mother of two, said she felt “much safer now” noting how pedestrian traffic has stopped.

A neighbouring retired couple said the fence has given them privacy.

They hope it will spell the end of police foot pursuits outside their front doors and groups of youths gathering in the laneway after dark.



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