PUBLIC MEETING TO TACKLE CRIME

Police are calling on the public to help tackle crime, saying youth violence in the Tweed is escalating out of control.

But local politicians claim a lack of resources is allowing criminals to go under the radar.

Tweed police have been horrified by teenagers bashing an officer, creating websites that threaten to kill, and leaving hit and run victims for dead.

Police say “There is evidence that these issues have escalated.”

But the final straw was the attack on a home last week.

The terrifying abduction of a teenager at Heffron Street, forcing police to call on the public for help.

“The graffiti, anti-social behaviour, the hoon driving, a whole range of issues which unsettle a community.”

Local members of parliament say the cross-border problem isn’t helping tackle crime.

“Clearly there needs to be better interaction, better sharing of intelligence between both police forces.”

They say the area needs more resources – to cope with a problem that’s escalating out of control.

“We recently got two more police, but we really needed six more police.”

Police will hold a meeting here at the Tweed Civic Centre on September the 23rd. The public is invited to come and discuss crime issues that affect the area.

“The public meeting is really a good opportunity for the public to hear, and have confidence, that the police are working hard in relation to these difficult areas.”

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Jane Goldsmith is a journalist, newsreader and producer based in Newcastle and began working with NBN Television in 2001. Originally from Port Macquarie, Jane has worked in television news and radio for 14 years and studied at the University of Newcastle.