Cabarita living in fear

By NEELIMA CHOAHAN

A CABARITA woman says she fears for her safety after watching "an army of youth" descend upon her apartment block last weekend and attack one of her neighbours. The woman, who refused to be named, said last Saturday about 40 young people were visiting two teenaged girls renting one of the downstairs flats in the Cabarita Beach Apartments on Coast Road. "They stood on top of our cars, threw beer bottles and were shouting," she said. The situation escalated when the girls' neighbour ? said to be a nurse an the Tweed Hospital and a surf lifesaver in her late 50s ? asked the group to quieten down. "They threw beer on her face and knocked her to the ground," a neighbour who witnessed the incident said. "It's just horrific," she said. The alleged victim, visibly shaken by the incident, refused to speak to the Daily News because of fear of reprisals. However, large bruises were still quite noticable on her face and arms. The police, the resident said, took nearly two hours to arrive but by the time the crowd had cleared off. The Daily News contacted the Tweed Police but have received no response on the matter. According to the residents, the two teenaged girls moved into the apartment block two months ago. The wild weekend parties started a month after their arrival. "The parties start as soon as it turns dark on Thursday and last till Sunday," she said. "And it builds up through the night. Most weekends had a crowd of 20 to 30 youngsters hanging around, abusing and drinking. "It's like a riot scene the next morning," she said. The residents have now asked the police to patrol the area next weekend. "We have 13 children and mainly women living here, she said. "You don't want to bring your children up in dangerous and violent surroundings."



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