Park residents terrorised

TEN police were called to keep the peace at a Banora Point caravan park yesterday after a horrifying night that left long-term residents fearing for their safety.

Police swarmed on the park at 6am after repeated call-outs to an ongoing incident throughout the night.

Inspector Greg Carey said a group of people from Brisbane were visiting a relative in the park and had got drunk and allegedly harassed other residents of the park.

Residents said the fracas started at about 10pm and continued through to 5am, during which they thought there would be a murder.

"I thought there was going to be a riot. It was terrifying, like a battle field, like Iraq," one resident said.

"There were smashes and we were in the middle of it all. I expected there to be a murder. All the old people here were terrified, it plays on their health."

Inspector Carey said police spoke to residents and the park's caretaker during their visit and had called in the Aboriginal liaison officer.

"As a result, the situation will be monitored constantly," he said.

"We spoke with park management and no charges have been laid upon anyone."

Police continued patrols of the park throughout the day, with more incidents of alleged assault reported.

The Banora Point caravan park, now known as the Tweed Waters Caravan Park, is known as a trouble spot on the Tweed.

Several of the van park homes have caught alight in suspicious circumstances, as residents claim they are forced out of the park. The owner Warren Tschannen and his companies have been subject to numerous complaints before the tenancy tribunal and has kept Tweed Shire Council workers busy dealing with issues concerning the park.

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