Call to register parties and keep gatecrashers out

By CHRISTIAN STANGER

PALM Beach residents are being urged to register any parties in the area with local police to prevent any repeat of last Saturday night's violence which saw eight teenagers arrested.

A gang of 150 teenagers and young adults burned a car, damaged property and hurled glass bottles and abuse at police officers during an orgy of violence which spread through several streets surrounding Palm Beach Avenue on Saturday night.

Police are encouraging residents to advise police if they are planning on having a party, so squad cars can be directed to the area to ensure the party is not gatecrashed by unwanted guests like those that attended the Palm Beach Avenue party last weekend.

Member for Currumbin Jann Stuckey agreed but said more has to be done and the implementation of a 24-hour police station in Palm Beach was just the start in a crackdown on tear-away youths.

"These gangs have taken the situation to beyond flashpoint to where they are actually threatening people in a harmful way."

Ms Stuckey is calling for more Neighbourhood Watch areas to be set up in Palm Beach and Currumbin, a dedicated tactical crime unit to be set up for the area, and has started a petition to get the message to police and to the Government that the area needs a larger police presence.

"We've been alerting the Government to the crisis about to develop and now it's gone from kids drinking, to children and even young adults at the ages of 17 to 20 taking over entire streets, and forming tribal gangs," she said.

"I am calling for more Neighbourhood Watch and immediate educational programs to be put into the schools."

Despite Ms Stuckey's claims Broadbeach Police Acting Inspector Bruce Dimond said there were no plans to change their strategies because those that are in place are effective.

"There's no indication that there will be a repeat of the incident on the weekend but we have increased police on every weekend so if it does happen we are prepared," he said.

"There's also no indication of any gangs forming in Palm Beach. All we have is a group of people that tend to get together whenever there is a party on.

"If people are aware of parties, advise police, so that they can send cars to the area and make sure it remains under control and isn't gate-crashed," he said.



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