Youths run riot in Park Beach

NOT even threats to call the police stopped youngsters running riot in Park Beach on Sunday night.

A local man, who did not want to be named, told the Advocate he was at Northside Shopping Centre at about 6.45pm when he saw two young males rip a pedestrian crossing sign from the ground.

“I yelled out at them and I told them I was calling the police,” the man said.

“They gave me a gobful of obscene language and then tried to drag the sign onto the road.

“When they couldn’t, they went into nearby Phillip Street and tried to drag more signs out of the ground.”

The man said more children started to appear at that stage.

“They grabbed hold of a wheelie bin and wheeled it into the street. They also grabbed a shopping cart and had races around the street,” he said.

A motorist then pulled into Phillip Street, turned on his hazard lights, got out of the car and challenged the group. They ran out of sight further down Phillip Street.

“I was frustrated with the totally senseless and wanton destruction. There was no need for them to do this and that’s what upset me more than anything,” the man said.

He said he didn’t end up calling the police because his phone was playing up.

Some of the youngsters involved have been described as African in appearance and two of them were wearing hoods.

If you have information, contact Coffs Harbour police.

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