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POLICE are calling on the Tweed community to help them get back on top in the war against local crime.

In the wake of some wild weeks of crime, including several major offences which remain unsolved, Superintendent Michael Kenny of the Tweed/Byron Local Area Command has urged members of the public to attend a special forum later this month to discuss ways to kerb illegal activity in the area.

However, between now and the September 23 meeting, police want the community to come forward with any information that could lead to the capture of a criminal. Some of the more violent and disturbing crimes in recent weeks include the abduction of a 16-year-old boy last week from his Heffron Street home who was then beaten by a gang of youths armed with knives.

On August 3 an elderly couple were walking in Kingscliff when a man armed with a gun jumped out of a car and stole the man's watch and wallet. On July 9 a man entered a Minjungbal Drive service station armed with a crowbar and demanded money from the attendant.

Police also told the Tweed Daily News that they were still searching for a sex attacker preying on young women as they leave local nightclubs, following one violent attack near Leeward Terrace and Tooloon Street, Tweed Heads, on January 13.

Constant gang-related graffiti vandalism and rock throwing attacks on moving cars have only added to the astounding level of crime. So far no arrests have been made on these crimes.

"It is extremely important that if any member of the community has information, that they come forward with it. One of our most significant investigation tools is information provided by members of the public," Supt Kenny said.

"I'd prefer people to provide the information and let us be the judge of whether it is valuable."

Supt Kenny urged members of the public to step up and provide police with information on suspicious activity and behaviours.

As for the special meeting he has called, Supt Kenny said this was a chance for people to have their say on youth gangs, rock throwing, graffiti attacks and various other crimes plaguing our region.

"The meeting is to outline the extent of the problems and the challenges we face as a community to address them. We encourage the community to support us and we welcome ideas and suggestions.""

Crime prevention officer Senior Constable Andrew Eppelstun said police were totally dependent on the help of the community to catch criminals and that people should not be afraid to call. the police.

Numbers to call: 000 for emergencies; Tweed Heads Police Station (07) 5536 0999; Police Assistance Line 131 444, for non-emergencies; Crime Stoppers 1800 333 000.

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