Police tackle Park Beach crime

COFFS HARBOUR police have stepped up their fight against unruly beach parties with a major community campaign.

Coffs/Clarence crime manager Detective Inspector Cameron Lindsay has written an open letter to all residents and he’s targeting those living in beachside suburbs with a letterbox drop.

Mr Lindsay’s appeal for help follows last week’s public meeting to tackle crime at Park Beach.

“As you know, the police and the community continually face a range of issues which stem directly from weekend parties,” his letter said.

“Issues are not solely isolated to one geographical area and include underage drinking, antisocial behaviour, malicious damage to council and private property, and unwanted noise for you, the local residents.

“Additionally, issues regularly arise including assaults and traffic matters.”

Mr Lindsay said early warning to the police of a build-up of people in beachside reserves or parks was critical to managing the problem.

“If you notice numbers of people walking or driving into the beach area, particularly early in the evening, then ring Coffs Harbour Police Station on 6652 0299 or triple-0 if urgent.

“We will soon check it out and decide whether they are legitimate users of the area or whether we need to take action to disperse them before it gets out of hand.

“These parties mainly occur on a Friday night, with some on a Saturday night. However, they have at times occurred on other nights during school holidays.

“Similarly, if police have attended and left but the problem persists or people return to the area, then contact us again as soon as possible. All contacts are strictly confidential.”

Mr Lindsay also said police wanted to identify and prosecute people supplying alcohol to underage drinkers.

“If you know of a person or parent involved in this, then contact Coffs Harbour licensing police 6652 0217 or Coffs Harbour youth liaison officers on 6652 0285, or leave a message on their answering machines which are checked daily. Alternatively, contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

“To enable us to better assess the incidents associated with these parties, we strongly encourage you to report any damage or theft which you may later discover to your property by ringing the Police Assistance Line (PAL) on 131444.”

Mr Lindsay said police would be telling students in the lead-up to summer about the dangers of underage drinking and the impacts of antisocial behaviour and malicious damage.

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